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 objection 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 the age of cancel-culture where our online social and political statements can be used against, often taken out of context with devastating effects, in some cases causing people to lose their jobs, friends and extended networks.
From the 1st of January 2018 - 31st December 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 news content through a series of self-portraits taken in my studio over the course of the year. The photographic work entitled 'A Year in Protest' provided me with a way of reconciling a suppressed need by
creating a record that is not objectified to scrutiny or immediate backlash
in its moment of capture.
A Year in Protest comprises of 30 individual portraits that when scanned via a QR code redirects the public to the online source that promoted my protest, creating a playful encounter that uses irony, wordplay and face value assumptions.