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SELF-OBJECTIFICATION

May 27, 2021 - Irina Shkoda

Objectification is a way to silence. The object is always silent, it seems to keep some kind of secret. There is a special beauty in silence, the beauty of meekness and submission. Object obeys our idea of it, our prejudices or our dreams.
 
Sometimes you can objectify yourself. This happens if there is no courage or resources to take the floor. Sometimes self objectifying can be pleasant. Silence fills with inner strength, the unspoken becomes your inner mystery.
 
For me, a strange and surprisingly pleasant experience was posing for my artist friends who shoot me as strange body parts, alienating my desire to be conventionally beautiful, turning me into something like a stone, or part of a landscape. It was something close to masochism when you reveal your most vulnerable spots, take the most disadvantageous positions, and then look at the result admiring shape and colour, as if it were not you.
 
When I recently asked myself why I write on my social networks so rarely, I suddenly realized that it is more convenient for me to feel like a mysterious and seductive wordless object. This is how the idea of ​​a new project was born. It is interesting for me to dissect this powerful desire to mimic an object, to merge with the landscape, to separate myself from the body and my visual image.
 
As I work on a project, I retake my voice through visual narrative and observe the associated resistance.