Current scholarship offers us very little for understanding what kind of 'modern' law, state forms, and governance structures take shape through dynamic processes of experimentation, where any normative consensus as a basis for law is absent and constantly changing. My photography and film work has been an attempt to capture some of these dynamics, and to explore ways in which people function without, or in spite of, the law.
A massage parlour in Baghdad, a raw milk farm outside of Milan, an ancient mosque in Tsingoni. These are spaces I have traveled to with my cameras, hoping to understand not only their rules, but the beauty there of rules' absence.
Qadi Justice is one such project, a film I made in the Islamic courts of the Comoros Islands, as a Fellow of Harvard's Film Study Center.