In Combatant 1 I try to urge the audience to fight and resist against the normalization or the acceptance of the destruction of nature as a by-product over technological evolution i.e. collateral damage.
In this photograph my body acts as a ‘prosthetic identity’, symbolically representing my experiences and anxieties about the state of the world as well as electronic waste, and the implications for human beings involved in the mining process and dumping in Africa. There is virtually no area of our day to day life that is not touched by the power of technology. In today’s modern society, one cannot deny how dependent the world has become to its use of technology. As promoters of technological development are arguing that it will not only improve our lives but also bring us closer together as a human race. However, in their supposition, they fail to address the human cost associated with this technological development.
The downside seems to be situated in a blind spot not only for technological propagators but also to its consumers and policymakers. The concern that arises from this initial observation is that there seems to be a schism between the ambitions in technological advancement and the ‘’collateral’’ damage that arises from this. One could argue that even though we live on the same planet, we are more connected than ever before with an abundance of information, yet we seem more apart than ever; technology has created parallel worlds in which we are forced to ignore the pain and suffering in different areas of the planet