"In the mid-seventies, the housing estate was a wonderland with its clipped hedges and ashfelt drives, fueling my 12-year-old imagination. Every corner and grassy knoll felt like an unconquered playground, unknown, but somehow familiar and safe. This familiarity and security was pushed into the darkest regions of my as yet undiscovered sexual awareness when those street corners that were once uncharted land became soiled by someone’s idea of ‘fun’.
Alan explores these playland memories and investigates the past, reinforced by the insertion of the white lilac flower to symbolise youthful innocence. Including this flower became a sort of symbolic ritual, placing it upon the points of impact to recreate the tension now evoked when I revisit these once utopian spaces."
- AJ Wilkinson on his photographic series Alan.
AJ Wilkinson's work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Look Festival and Open Eye Gallery (both Liverpool), Format Festival (Derby), Viewpoint Gallery (Salford), Urbis (Manchester) and the Dagmar De Pooter Gallery (Antwerp). He has received grants and commissions from the likes of the Arts Council and Cornerhouse, and has been nominated for the Citibank Photography Prize.