Talking to myself
2018 | Archival Inkjet Prints | 10” x 13” | courtesy of the artist
Talking to myself emerged from Ryan Josey’s participation in Plug In’s 2018 Summer Institute lead by DIS. This diptych grapples with representations of the self as mediated by technology. Drawing on the work of, French Theorist, Michel Foucault, Josey uses an accumulation and juxtaposition of images to ask how we differentiate the facets of our subjective identity in specific contexts, and how, if at all, our understanding of ourselves might be translated through new media.
Josey is an interdisciplinary visual artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He trained in Fine Arts and Art History at NSCAD University and in studio with Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes in New York City. His research-based practice uses drawing, photography, performance, video, and public installation to explore ideas of the historical—specifically the role of amnesia in North American culture, and how histories bear on personal experiences. His current research aims to better understand contemporary relationships with the HIV/AIDS crisis and how the work and loss of that period has shaped conversations around queer community, sexual identity and collective care.
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