A self portrait.
A moment of me captured.
Something to tell a story
I recently discovered the #365 Feminist Selfie project set up by Viva la Feminista bloger Veronica I. Arreola. And have decided to give it ago.
Veronica gives many reasons to embrace the selfie. But, what jumped out for me in particular was the idea of representing who I am in the world in the face of media expectations. In many ways I can say I’m underrepresented in media. Where are the fat disabled ‘young’ women with invisible chronic illness? Hell even just the ‘fat’ or ‘with a disability’ being represented would be positive. And it’s not often people with rare disease show up in a setting where they are just going about their business, having a life, and not the focus of a House episode or a documentary. So this was in part was my initial motivation.
The other part of me, the artist, loves the project for a different reason. It is in love with the history of portraiture. It has the desire to follow in the footsteps of other artists and explore the self through portrait.
Over the next 365 days I will be taking 1 selfie a day. I will post them here once a month for you all to see. I thought I would also share with you artists who have a daily self portrait practice. So without further ado…
365 Feminist Selfie
March 06th to 31st 2014
This months artist is Kensia Barnett. I first became aware of Kensia when a friend gave me me an article from Sunday Magazine in 2010. Kenisa has been taking a photograph of herself every day since 1997.
Love B xox