Adam Titchener

Big Blood

‘It is said that Giraavaru fishermen used to go regularly to a certain large sandbank (finolhu) at the southern end of their atoll to clean tuna fish after a good catch. Owing to a large amount of tuna fish offal and blood, the waters around that sandbank looked like a big pool of blood (maa ley gande'h). "Maa" (from the Tamil"Maa" _ lit . _ "Great" or "big".), meaning big, and "Lē" meaning blood.’

Throughout his childhood, teenage years, and into adulthood Adam has always gravitated to subcultures. Be that metalheads, skateboarders, punks, BMXers, playing in bands. There wasn’t a time growing up that he wasn’t connected to a tribe of some sort.

Being one of two siblings of a traumatic divorce Titchener has often pondered if his kindredness with these subcultures comes from a need to be part of something, a movement, a community, a family. Growing up along side the formative years of the internet meant that discovering, connecting and engrossing himself within these subcultures was far more hands on than is the norm these days. Human connection was the only link to your tribe.

Intrigued by whether children of divorce are more likely to gravitate towards fringe subcultures eventually led the artist to Malé. The divorce capital of the world and one of the most densely populated places on planet earth, where he spent time immersed into the very same subcultures that helped steer his view of the world.