University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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Jena AbouElkhair

When we consider how quickly the world has progressed in the arena of technology it can be really overwhelming. Starting from the usage of mobile phones to e-books, it appears that everything we use in our daily life is fuelled through technology. The relationship with our phone affects how we communicate; moreover, it influences the profound way we collaborate and associate with people. It does not stop at the stage of adults; furthermore, the problem becomes worse when it reaches children in their developmental stage.

My project will be photographs of empty playgrounds. I started noticing how people around me changed, including my friends and family members. The ‘face to face’ communication started to become rare. My younger sister is eleven years old and acts like she is in her twenties. I could say that she was my first inspiration; I do not think she has lived the same childhood that I had: going outside and playing with my friends was much better than staying indoors watching TV or playing on a computer. My second inspiration would be conceptual photographers like Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Eric Pickersgill. I like how all of the artists mentioned above talk about common problems that one faces every day through their art.