Resident Artist | D. Wiafe
D. Wiafe is a London based artist and educator. Wiafe centres his work on the readings that unfold when the public is called to witness the spectacle of British Youth. Concerned with what is lost in the translation of such images and the nuances that go unnoticed, his collaborative projects look for stories written in the imagination of adolescents themselves.
“What if the spirit behind the Root’s 1996 “What They Do” could be re-imagined as a manual for reframing our suspicions of criminal affiliation? With the increasing power of photography to incriminate, corroborate or exonerate when it is called as evidence, this new work for Taking Part will investigate questions raised by a caricaturing of London youth as “the Real Bad Girls” The Independent (2013): a euphemism prompted by the criminal justice system’s tag “gang members by association”. Collaborating with those at-risk of its trappings, the project will explore what images of Joint Enterprise mean when definitions are unwritten in statutory law and instead, the spectacle of ‘gang ties’ finds itself woven into the portrait of everyday life for teens housed in Lambeth’s council estates.” Derek Wiafe