Merrick d'Arcy-Irvine


ONE is a series of pictures by British/French photographer Merrick d’Arcy-Irvine exploring interconnectedness - that we are one humanity. In a time of social distance and political polarity the pictures celebrate connection and compassion; bodies are shown in contact, overlapping and closely threaded, rendering where one ends and the next begins deliberately ambiguous.

The images were made in collaboration with twenty-four people, predominantly dancers both freelance and from companies such as the Royal Ballet, Rambert and Company Wayne McGregor. Groupings of two to three people at a time were photographed over fourteen sessions; each ensemble comprising people either living or working together, and thus safe to be in close contact.

Exhibited virtually as of Thursday 10th December 2020, ONE is both an adaptation to and comment on social distancing, as well as a response to the global political climate, reminding us, in a time of separation and division, of what unites us.



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