Clare Lyons

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Every Saturday / (1993-present)
I was born in 1993, but my official birth certificate was issued three years later in 1996. Following court orders, I spent every Saturday with the man listed as my biological father, but he is not my Dad.
Every Saturday is the culmination of a lifetime of trauma, pain, and confusion, resulting in an autobiographical narrative which reflects on identity and what it means to be family. Through experimental methods of working with my family archive and childlike crafting using ephemeral materials from the landscape, the story affirms my sense of self, connection with my Dad, and confirms that love goes much deeper than biological connection.

/ Installation shot from A Lightness of Touch at Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, curated by Deirdre Robb and included on the programme of the Belfast Photo Festival 2021.