About the Exhibition
The homelessCEO is a classic ‘photo a day’ project made immediate through the medium of Instagram. Using only an iPod 5 and the Instagram app, the homelessCEO (a.k.a. Cillín Perera) documents his travels, taking a series of photographs which he curates, edits and uploads to Instagram on a daily basis.
The rules of the project are simple – a picture of every flight on flying days; otherwise (and often also) a picture of the day. Pictures must be from that specific trip – reusing of old pictures is not allowed. Since starting the project on 11 July 2013, homelessCEO has published more than 900 images from 27 countries & 250 flights, and has amassed no less than 650,000 likes from 18,000 followers on his Instagram account.
In contrast to the bustling surrounds in which he spends most of his days – airplanes, airports, hotel lobbies and office buildings, homelessCEO’s photographs show haunting images of architecture, landscapes and urban settings mostly devoid of the human form. The occasional silhouette appears only when perfectly positioned in the frame; homelessCEO’s daily photographs being studies in composition and perspective in the otherwise chaotic world around him.
About the homelessCEO
Born in London in 1977 to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father, Cillín Perera grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Accepting a scholarship from Harvard University at the age of 17, a young Perera found himself studying photography and cinema at Harvard’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies from 1995.
Generally unhappy at Harvard, Perera dropped out of college in 1998, returning first to Australia before moving to Europe in 2001.
Over the next decade, and with his camera securely locked in the cellar, Perera switched gears and set about building a career as an entrepreneur. In 2004 he founded Language Direct, followed in 2011 by Avilinga. He currently serves as CEO of both companies and holds an Advisory Board position with London startup TripConsul.
Partly due to work commitments and partly as a lifestyle choice, Perera became more and more “homeless” from around 2009. Today he no longer maintains an apartment, instead choosing to live in hotels and short-term sublets as he moves around the globe. In 2013, a year in which he took 168 flights, Perera decided to pick up his camera again (now in the form of an iPod 5) and start reconnecting with his visual side as the homelessCEO.
All Instagram-published photographs are for sale in limited edition of 3, plus artist’s proof.
Each set includes:
– 40x40cm high-resolution version of published original
– 35mm camera roll (as displayed)
Price: £1 per ‘like’ on Instagram (as determined at time of sale)
Second and final copies of edition will attract a 50% and 100% premium respectively