The abattoir is a space of ordered containment, organization and repetition, yet at the same time it is a site of trauma. For the animals that meet their death it is the end, the Armageddon, but in the space and time of the abattoir as a workplace it is just another day, another shift. In my photographs I investigate these contrasts and the strange and otherworldly environment that is kept hidden from public view. As a photographer I have been interested in exploring the notion of temporality as it may relate to still photography and linking the perception of time with movement in space. In the abattoir the time code of work and production in the form of the assembly line dictates the pace of the work which is repetitive, loud and ongoing. each unit along the production line has its own task which is executed according to its own specific duration and some processes happen faster than others. there are also lines of work areas that happen at various levels below and above. I have tried to explore some of these temporal features in my photographs in capturing an experience of the abattoir.
Patricia Driscoll was born in Johannesburg in 1974 and grew up in Durban, South Africa. She studied Photography and Fine Art at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her photographic practice focuses on the environment to show how processes and recurring patterns can visually explore and document notions of time, movement, landscape and atmosphere. She has a Master of Arts in Fine Arts and has held solo and group exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Finland.