#priorities, 2018

#mybodymypost, 2018

Dis-connected, 2018

A world of hashtags out there, 2018

21st Century´s Sleeping beauty, 2018

Need        not humans, 2018

Fake or real, 2018

If my friends could see me now, 2018

Click and post, 2018

Warning: Lack of likes can be dangerous for your health

 

“To practise the art of life, to make one's life a 'work of art', amounts in our liquid modern world to being in a state of permanent transformation, to perpetually self-redefine through becoming (or at least trying to become) something other than one has been thus far.”

- The art of life: On life as a work of art, Zygmunt Bauman, Ediciones Paidós

 

I am interested in exploring the abyss between what we are and what we want to represent.  I enjoy contemplating that moment when someone decides to take a selfie and post it on their favorite social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat). From Mexico City to Paris, New York and London, men and women immersed in themselves concentrate and click on their smartphones.  In a matter of seconds and with astonishing skill they perform the post-production, framing and filtering their image so they can upload it to the web in order to raise their social status and gain acceptance in an increasingly vast social universe. All these images are manipulated to achieve an “alternative” reality.

Through the lens of my camera, I try to capture moments of vulnerability, boredom, sadness, stress, despair; states of mind that today become more tolerable with the possibility of inhabiting another skin, an alter ego.

I wonder how our age will be remembered in the future.  I can’t imagine what the iconic photographs will be that define our current society.  I’m terrified by the idea that a selfie will be the symbol of our time.  I’m also concerned that the hallmark of our era will be an alternative, false reality. One in which ego and alter ago are superimposed over human relations, over the senses, and over our true feelings.

Today, we know what’s happening on the other side of the world in seconds, but have we actually improved our quality of life, communication in our society, or relationships with our family or partners?