Phelim Hoey, La Machine

Autonomy and independence are considered important in western society, and is often a big part of one’s identity. In my case, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it is no longer self-evident that the body carries out actions, sometimes not even the simplest. These experiences lead to alienation, fear and an instrumental vision towards the body. With the loss of the certainty of a functioning body, the identity is also compromised. Who I am, and how the disease influences my identity is something I will research the coming year (2018/2019). The project will consist of a personal diary, motion studies with other patients, poetic photographs, films and sculptures. 

This project is supported by Mondriaan Fund.


Cyril Hoey work consists of conceptually created series that don’t limit themselves to photography alone. I have always been interested in science, sociology and psychology and luckily have had the opportunity to work together with other professionals to explore and study new fields, and create new materials to work with. With these materials I question the medium of photography and study mortality and fear. In recent years – due to an unfortunate event – mortality, fear and the relationship I have with my body became important themes in my work and I continue to research them. I work and live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.