I AM

Hong Kong, 2015

Conceptual ArtworkAcademic

I AM

To sanctify is to set apart. This series examines self-representation in the age of the internet as a “sanctifying” practice. Setting one’s self apart has become culturally commonplace thanks to the infrastructures of social media, reflecting image-making practices that have historically reserved for the divine. If the subjects of a generation’s images are any indication of what they deify, it would appear that the Self is now ‘God’.
These portraits of the Self (arguably dissimilar from the self-portrait) explore the dichotomy of acting as both the sanctifier and sanctified, worshipper and creator. The exhibition highlights the conflicts of interest that self-representation entails. The artist questions the reliability of truth in the hands of she who curates herself, as well as the question of which things, which moments, which “selves” are worth glorifying.