November 7, 2019

To what extent can internal states – emotions, thoughts and values – be made visible?

Tahra Sebti

Mulit MediaSelf-knowledge,

In his chapter about Self Knowledge in The Prophet (1926), the poet Kahlil Gibran warns his reader against the establishment of solid boundaries in defining the self: ‘Do not say “I have found the truth” but “I have found a truth” (…) for the self is a sea boundless and measureless.’

I have always been acutely aware of the many facets a self can contain and accordingly felt the immense difficulty of representing these various, dynamic states to the external world. My way of dealing with the weight of “data loss” in the process of self-expression, has been to use different mediums to capture from different angles what I knew was hard, yet necessary, to express.

I don’t know who I am. I just know what I look, sound, and read like at certain moments in my life; moments of heartbreak,  depression, epistemic chaos, or hope – that define me, yet feel incomplete until I put them in solid form. And I can look back at them and contemplate whatever it is that “I” am.

Here are Seraphina, ØM, ÅNIMA and Flames from Inside; four moments of my life captured across the past two years in pixels, words and sounds.