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Michelle Sank: Insulae

013 Marjorie and Laura, La Route de la Liberation, JerseyMichelle Sank straddles the line between insider and outsider–her work takes us into living rooms and the lives of others, but it also takes us for a walk through unfamiliar terrain. A resident of the UK, she has received various residencies that have allowed her a chance to be an outsider, to observe a community and place with fresh eyes.  But her residencies allow her enough time to contextualize what she observes.  Her newest project,  Insulae, is set in The Bailiwick of Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands,  which are communities with a British-Norman cultural identity, distanced by three separate bodies of land. For six months, she captured the people and the environment of these islands.

Michelle was born in South Africa and currently resides in the UK. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in England, Europe, Australia, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A. Her imagery is held in the permanent collections of Allan Servais, Brussels; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Open Eye Gallery Archive, Liverpool;  Societe Jersiaise, and Guernsey Museum, Channel Islands; and Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida. She has undertaken numerous commissions for prominent galleries and magazines in Europe and the USA, and her work has won awards in many prestigious competitions.

Sank has three published books, The Water’s Edge (Published by Liverpool University Press) – a study of women who worked and still work on Liverpool’s Docks, Becoming (Published by Belfast Exposed Photography and Ffotogallery,) – a major monograph featuring her portraits taken over five years, and The Submerged, published by Schilt Publishing.010 Anne Loseff, Fort George kitchen, St Peter Port, Guernsey

Michelle Sank: Insulae

“Insulae” aims to address the diversity that exists within The Bailiwick of Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The physical isolation and independence of these islands creates a uniqueness and microcosm where contrasts co-exist. Through a series of portraits, still life and landscapes the images produced will serve as a testament to this individuality; the variety of communities that live on the islands – from agricultural to business, government, leisure and tourism; the events and celebrations that are particular to these islands; the way historical and contemporary landscapes co-exist architecturally and how local inhabitants and tourism interact with these spaces.

This work was produced with the support of “Archisle”, Jersey and “Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey.
01 Untitled, Jersey Airport

02 Georgia, Havre des Pas Swimming Pool, St Clement, Jersey

03 Étienne Lainé (Never Alone), Fort Richmond, Perelle, Guernsey

04 Shooting Range, Portinfer, Guernsey

05 George and Gladys,Patois Speakers,Le Marais, Guernsey

06 Senator Ian Gorst, Chief Minister, States of Jersey

07 Veronica, Jersey

08 Dais, Liberation Square, St Helier, Liberation Day

09 Christian Busel, Head of Private Banking, EFG (Channel Islands) Ltd

011 R.G Falla construction wall, St Peter Port, Guernsey


014 Field, Trinity

015 Family outing, Cobo Bay, Guernsey

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