Yes, I most certainly do. I feel that this is a critical political and quasi-activist aspect of my work. I am taking images that are spit out to the world in daily news stories and gone from the cycle in minutes, at most hours. A long form story for us to consider with any single image that I use would be 24 hours. We see these horrifying images constantly. I think this kind of desensitization is very problematic and corrupt. It keeps us insensitive, unfeeling, moving along in life too quickly to care about the things that should upset us tremendously, that should cause us to demand change unequivocally. This is all a part of the fundamental project of radical free-market capitalism: the insecure worker. When we are desensitized, afraid to pause, or too distracted to pause, when horrifying images become every day images, the injustices that we allow only become greater and greater and our democracy is very swiftly taken away from us, our only power is usurped. It is a purely psychological game this capitalist so-called democratic model. My work brings these images back from their news cycle. I work on them tediously for months and months. This alone is an act of rebellion. The person terrorized at the border 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 years ago is still valid. Their pain is still valid. Their problems are decades if not hundreds of years and dozens upon dozens of generations old. These moments do not decay like an Apple product cycle or a fashion statement. These moments are real, they are human, and they derive from years and decades and centuries of carefully constructed global corruption. I am totally dedicated to bringing them back, to forcing them back into existence and consideration. This is my commentary on the media and the news media cycle: it is corrupt by design. It feeds the monster that disempowers us completely. It is one of the arms of the beast of what Fabian Scheidler calls the "Megamachine".
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