I have arranged together fragments of my memories so that they can be deconstructed and felt, as a shared experience, by the viewer. I have avoided didactic depictions of the subject matter to rely on pure observation of the visual elements while daring the viewer to engage with the pain and psychological distress these memories carry.
My project aims to change the conversation around eating disorders, focusing on the feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and depression as elements that motivate compulsive behaviour. Furthermore, this piece attempts to make a connection with others living with these disorders and let them know that their experiences can be understood as more complex than narcissistic conduct.
The general understanding of eating disorders simplifies them as vain responses to the beauty driven media, yet ignores personal relationships, the need for human interaction, and depression as their contributors. Stereotyping and oversimplifying eating disorders as a by-product of vanity, while ignoring other implications in the origin and development of the illness, leads the public to trivialize these disorders. Thus, many believe that those afflictions are self-inflicted and that the sufferer is not only in control, but also to be blamed for his or her illness. The stigma that accompanies eating disorders only increases the isolation these individuals already find themselves in and furthers their decision of not seeking professional help to overcome their illness.
This piece has been exhibited at:
2018 Anim!Arte: 14th International Student Festival of Brazil - Brazil
2018 Sommets du cinéma d'animation - Canada2018 GradEx Exhibition at OCAD University - Canada