"Traditionally, instruction manuals have been the perfect source for practical solutions. Experts in specific subjects provide written authority on how to repair faults and carry out tasks from scratch.
I typed 'how to make a home' into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions. I rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out the strangers' advice exactly over the period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home. I contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The following photographs document the end result of my time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size." Jan McCullough
Jan McCullough (b. 1991) lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her photographic works have been exhibited internationally, including Unseen Photo Festival in Amsterdam, Seen Fifteen Gallery in London and Escape Lhomond in Paris. Her book 'Home Instruction Manual', published by Vera Kettler, won the Kassel Fotobook Festival Dummy Award and the BJP Breakthrough Award. Jan is currently working on a series of short films about construction and identity.
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