A YEAR IN PROTEST - 2018
The act of protesting has been a human necessity since the beginning of civilisation. To be able to bear witness and express support or defiance to a particular event or situation is a desire that will remain part of the human condition until the end of time.
However, the protest as a form of self-expression is going through an interesting transition due to the rise of social media. With this new ease of reacting to world events via platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we can often find ourselves prisoners to this new found freedom, treading carefully in an unforgiving terrain where our online comments and political views can be used against us with devastating effects, in some cases causing people to lose their jobs, friends and extended networks.
Since the 1st of January 2018 I have not commented on, or taken a political stance on any social media news, but instead have been protesting my response to online political content through a series of self-portraits taken in my studio over the course of a year. The photographic act provides me with a way of reconciling a suppressed need by creating a record that is not objectified to scrutiny or backlash in its moment of capture.
The photography series comprising of 40 portraits becomes an interactive experience by the use of a QR code that when scanned allows the public to participate by redirecting them to the online source that promoted my protests, thus creating a playful encounter that uses word play and general face value assumptions.
Re-directed screenshot from Protest 38, Send Them Back To Africa - click image for full article.