DO WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US?
The Martyr Paradoxx
In the words of @alison.paradoxx (Thankyou is not enough)
The ideas of suffering, and martyrdom is often affiliated with the depiction of the Jesus embodiment, yet the assumptions of gender, colour of skin, culture, and age are qualities that seem fixed in trope, and visually-accessible folklore. This Jesus, however, is androgynous. Confrontional, frail … yet simultaneously powerful in its imagery. This Jesus is a social outcast, an apt depiction of suffering, a subversive entity. But most importantly, to me on a personal level, this Jesus image was created against all the odds. This shoot was incredibly important, and especially fragile to me on many levels, as it was taken against all the odds. I also was uncertain as to how the image would be digested by a viewing audience. Having been hospitalised for almost three months, weighing 24kgs, and suffering from hypothermia, Chronic kidney disease, Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, chronic pain from scoliosis, and severe anorexia, we were vastly limited in the scope of what we could do during a shoot. The results you see were shot as an “escaped patient geurilla shoot”… from a disabled toilet… on the third floor of a busy public hospital. This shoot is truly an example of the passion in art, and illustrates to the viewer that even when faced with tremendous obstacles, powerful works can often be created best. Created to confront, to discomfort the viewer, to disrupt the narrative, and be subversive. This is not a celebration of what life should be – this is a raw, and candid depiction of pain, and life being stripped away. As a chronically disabled person, I am othered by society. The suffering, and persecution of Jesus is symbolic to this experience. "
This homage has been printed for RMIT Master of Photography studio one assessment by David Hobbs at Master of Prints @master.of.prints on stock Bauhaus Tru Rag Etching from Daniela Barth of Spicers Paper AU. Thanks to Pia Johnson for the supervision and installation assist, and Torika B for the subject lecturing.
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