Unpleasant plastic

Our homes are often thought of as safe spaces, but even they are not immune to plastic pollution. Micro and nano-plastics, which are invisible to the naked eye, are a common presence in our domestic environments. To raise awareness of this issue, I have used photography to make the invisible visible. By taking pictures of filtered products under a microscope, I have captured the tiny particles of plastic that pervade our private spaces.

In my project, I aimed to engage viewers by using aesthetic characteristics in the pictures to make something disturbing look aesthetically pleasing. I have composed four sequences of self-portraits in different rooms of a typical household, arranged in a zoom-in effect to bring the viewer closer to the issue. Through narration, I have created a story that leads the viewer to the real issue: the presence of microplastics in our homes and in our bodies.

My self-portraits show the close relationship between our bodies and the objects in our homes. I often appear with minimal clothing, highlighting our exposure to microplastics. I also have a melancholic expression to empathize with the viewer and draw their curiosity to the story behind the images.