The Upper Hand (2015-6) is a mobile video installation viewable on an iPad provided by the artist.
While all the hands remain anonymous, The Upper Hand suggests a hidden narrative addressing the hands’ role in the unconscious gesturing and the fine line between ownership and protection, as well as being a playful take on the technology of touch screen. Made using artist’s own family archive images it aims to question the hierarchies inherent in holiday photographs made apparent through our involuntary positioning of hands towards the affected subject, whether it is a human or non-human animal. As the visitors hold their devices while viewing the video, the work acquires another layer in relation to its title. Who now has the upper hand?