An intuitive confession: revealing pain through the self-portrait

by Andrew Mitchell Dempster

Institution: AUT University
Year: 0
Keywords: Visual disturbance; Migraine; Confession; Pain; Technology of the self
Record ID: 1310118
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10292/7300


This project explores experiences of personal pain and sensory visual disturbance through digital photography. It utilises the confession and self-portrait photography to investigate taking personal perceptions of internal bodily experiences and placing them outside the body. The project oscillates between a focus on confession to the self and how this relates to self-care in a cathartic technology of the self, as a confessional ritual of healing, and confession to others. Thus, a critical interest lies in the shifts in the self and seeing oneself as both subject and object. While the project has an autobiographical context, it also aims to raise issues around experiences relating to ongoing pain management.