Closed, Found, Located


Closed, Found, Located is a conceptual work with a underlying open ended undisclosed narrative, the title is a direct reference to the disappearance of people using the forensic terminology of the cases as; closed, found, located, unsubstantiated and so on. The project attempts to question our relationship towards absence and loss and the need of physicality in the process of acceptance and closure. This ongoing project combines materials from different sources, such as images from missing persons UK archives, research from police and newspaper stories and interviews with local people, found items from the sites the persons disappeared as well as photographs of the actual geographic locations .


This project is also a reflection on the medium of photography using the aesthetic of crime imagery and grainy missing person images.


This project interrogates the ideal of the archive in the context of missing persons for “dealing with the past” mechanisms that often disguise the true fate of the victim. The purpose of such fabrications is to ensure that relatives and authorities stop looking for the disappeared person or are misled in their search, In the field of dealing with the past, particularly in the search for missing persons, it becomes evident that archives are part of a political system, established and controlled by the regimes in power to enhance their position and to control – and if necessary to hide and manipulate.

The status of each image is constantly shifting reflecting ongoing enquiries, false leads, offering new meaning and context to the sometimes-open cases portrayed in the photographs.
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Beachley Point, overlooking the river severn where Jamie Lee was last seen.

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Beachley Point, overlooking the river severn where Jamie Lee was last seen.

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School boy Jamie-Lee Wilson Cartwright was playing with his cousin Kyle shortly before they were caught by a deadly tide on the River Severn.Case closed.

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School boy Jamie-Lee Wilson Cartwright was playing with his cousin Kyle shortly before they were caught by a deadly tide on the River Severn.Case closed.

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