Subject #4 variation 1

Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print

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Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print
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Subject #3

Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print
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Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print
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Humans are innately driven to attain a sense of belonging. Just like water or shelter the sense of belonging is a human need. In modern times, as this phenomenon has transcended from the physical to the digital, social media platforms function as sites to congregate and connect.

In El Pertenecer en Tiempos Modernos (Belonging in Modern Times)(2019), I use Instagram and Facebook to explore the ways in which people use social media as a platform to project an assimilated version of themselves that ultimately creates a sense of social belongingness. Digital culture has changed and continues to change the ways we behave, relate and connect to each other. In this series, the tridimensional collages suggest multiple layers of meaning and aim to discuss the challenges of being authentic and real in a time of obsession over portraying an online illusion of ourselves.

Inspired by cubism and the representation of the subject through the investigation of materiality and collages, I have meticulously and deliberately reassembled the portraits depicting a distorted image that speaks about the constructed identities we perform on social media. The individuals photographed were selected by an open call on social media platforms and were asked to wear a specific color clothing based on the colors of the logo of the social media they contacted me from. Additionally, the images were embossed with the most popular hundred hashtags on Instagram. The use of technologies of today such as 3-D printing and laser cutting was essential in my process of addressing contemporary media.

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