Katharina Barbosa Blad
Autobiographical representation can begin with the sense of being with others. The desire for relational forms of communication in contemporary art exists because someone is, or soon will be, watching.
In this section, four invited artists committed to Cristina Nuñez’s method The Self-Portrait Experience® and to autobiographical research, are invited to exhibit their projects.
Nowadays, autobiographical novels, artworks, and pop-phenomena as selfies, have become extremely common, maybe because in a world where individuals are subjugated by the global system, self-representation spotlights the value of the single person's life.
Moreover, many researchers have explored the psycho-social dimensions of autobiographical forms of creativity, that has also been referred to as a discourse that enacts a broader sense of community. Sure enough, autobiographical representation can also begin with the sense of being with others. The desire for relational forms of communication exists because someone is, or soon will be, watching. And the lens of another serves as the mirror of the knowing self in a reciprocal relationship which is hardly narcissism, but rather a symbiosis informing themselves about each other.
It has been said many times that capitalism turned human relations into a standardised artefact, separating the relational channels as the final stage in the transformation to the society of spectacle.
The Self-Portrait Experience® and other similar approaches are, of course, against of those views that treat the self as a construction, an image that must be maintained, and that society is afraid that it might collapse.
The reluctance to reveal one’s own self is explained by the social pressures that prevent us from showing who we really are, what we really think and feel. However, art can still produce subjectivity and genuine sociability creating free areas and time spans whose rhythm contrasts with those structuring the communication zones that are imposed upon us.