A series captured while in my first year at Ilam School of Fine Arts (2018), where I reacted visually to the philosopher Plato, and his cave theory, (514a–520a) where citizens lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives. They watched shadows projected on the walls by their enslavers, who they never got to see, from objects passing in front of a fire behind them. The shadows were the prisoners’ only reality, but not an accurate representation of the real world that existed outside of the cave.
I see parallels to this theory with our consumption of social media (shadows) that form our reality through devices by modern day ‘enslavers’. These series of images suggest we are living in a time of seeing realities constructed and offered through algorithms, that we invoke and engage in a personal echo chamber.
A huge thank you to Tia for being such a great subject and help with this project.
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