Sonya Sofranko

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In the film Waking Life, a man in a bar says that there are two kinds of suffering… one is from a lack of life and the other is from an overabundance of life. This project focuses on the former. Today, we have more resources available to us in order to escape suffering. These include food, entertainment, drugs, or anything else that evokes pleasure. However, while the short-term effect of doing this does relieve suffering, it simultaneously reduces the ability to experience pleasure in the first place. This series of photographs are of myself in my apartment at night and they attempt to visually articulate this internal vacancy with a blank face. I believe that this is the face of suffering in the 21st century. This type of suffering is not as noticeable due to its subtle manifestations, yet the quietness of it is precisely what makes it somehow more tragic than the other.