“What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once… mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially”. (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida, 1981)
Inspired by Psychoanalysis, this research project was an enquiry into the concept of self-awareness (a state that one can gradually acquire through a journey of self-exploration). More specifically, the project aimed at communicating as well as exploring how such a concept translates into real life.
Considering that self-awareness presupposes experience, the final outcome of the project was a participatory installation, consisted of a collective archive and of a photo booth. On June 14, 2012, people were invited at Camberwell College of Arts in London to explore this bespoke archive and to choose an object that they could identify as a point of reference to who they are now. Then, they were encouraged to take an identity photograph with that object by using the photo booth – essentially communicating that, in real life, we really ‘own’ and therefore, develop our identity by becoming aware of ourselves.