Self-Care / Self-Hate
Two animated still life compositions portraying the so-called “self-care” and “self-hate” communities, that have formed online based around specific aesthetic and lifestyle choices. Both are on the opposite ends of a spectrum — either moralizing about wholesomeness, spreading naive positivism and relying on superstition, or romanticizing mental illness through exhibitionism of self-harm, depression, suicide and self-loathing under the pretext of it being beautiful and deep. Having observed and partly dabbled in both of these internet phenomenons herself, the author has gathered objects that visually represent these communities and arranged them in shrine-like compositions.
Installation view from exhibition Virtualities and Realities at KIM? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia, 2017
Photos by Kristīne Madjare