Eliana Cetto

Artist’s Statement

In an attempt to consciously examine myself and my greater societal context, I use the archive of my Instagram feed as a contact-sheet replete with reflexive content and Internet tropes. This critical analysis of my use of Instagram conventions allows for a better understanding of the cultural self, and an exploration of new communal languages.

I am interested in the continual, obsessive documentation of life via my cell phone and the multitude of participants who aid in the development of our contemporary social archive. #weouthere acts as a physical representation of an online experience, illuminating contemporary modes of photography as forms of self-preservation, surveillance, and resistance.

I slow down the hyper speed of phone applications by extracting virtual content into the physical space through the analog process of photopolymer gravure printing. This allows me to elongate my experiences with digital image making and the ever-growing archive, while allowing me to reassess my experiences, memories, and vanities.

#weouthere is inspired by social media exchanges that engage contemporary language and culture as tools for visibility and empowerment. This series utilizes original content intermingled with appropriated art, quotations, and concepts reblogged from fellow queers, feminist activists, body positive advocates, and other historically marginalized voices that participate in a radical dialogue within online communities. These digital fragments are rich in resistance, community, feminist theory, and the perfectly flippant nature of informal internet speak.

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