Home Instruction Manual
Having typed ‘how to make a home’ into Google Jan McCullough was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions. She rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out these strangers’ advice exactly, over a period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home, she contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The resulting photographs document the end result of her time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size.
Jan McCullough lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Her performance-based photographic work has been nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, ICP New York Infinity Award and won the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award. Her book Home Instruction Manual, published by Verlag Kettler, was awarded the Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award and shortlisted for the Recontres D’Arles Author Book Award.
Recent installations include Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Seen Fifteen Gallery in London, Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam and Landskrona Museum in Sweden.