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Unflinching Photos Of A Photographer’s…
Struggle With Self Harm

 Zhe Chen’s powerful and confrontational photographic series “The Bearable” spans 2007 to 2010 in her life, and is very, very personal – her own journey down the road of self harm. My words could never explain the pain and depression she feels that inspires her to do what she does. So I think it’s best if you hear from Zhe Chen herself about why she created this photo essay, entitled “The Bearable”:

I hope my photographs inquire upon society’s prejudice and preconception towards this community, and not become illustrations or pictorial evidence for the topic at hand: every subject is an individual, not just ‘one of them’ – his or her life cannot be predicted or dictated by any constructed social code or notion. Depression plants the seed of introspection. The bees take it in; They reason it, embrace it and explore it, forming an isolated universe in their own minds. These self-sustained universes contain every reason that explains the ‘abnormality’ that no one who lacks in common experiences could decode. I hope a first glance of my work conveys the idea of secrecy and sentiments, under which lies information awaiting exposure and recognition: like an index page pointing towards all the unanswered questions.’ (Source)

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via Beautiful Decay

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Len Paris

    October 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    ……look, little eggs…….

  2. Renata Castagna

    October 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Wow. Really heavy and thought provoking.

  3. Steve F Rlong

    October 24, 2014 at 5:49 am

    This should have a trigger warning, ideally.

  4. Lauren Lepp

    October 24, 2014 at 2:35 am

    With that statement Magda Bear Wintar, you are adding to to the prejudice about the individuals that suffer with this. Her work is to try and start a communication about the secret suffering going on within a person who inflicts self harm. Read the artists commentary before you make such an ignorant remark.

  5. Magda Bear Wintar

    October 24, 2014 at 2:22 am

    So every fucking teenager who cuts herself in her suburban home is art now? Yeah, great, moving on.

  6. Javi Ivan Barquera

    October 24, 2014 at 12:37 am

    anti human.

  7. Xavier Cornil

    October 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Chloe Larue check it out

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