Cuts, scratches, cigarette burns and other marks on one’s body – those are the traces of self-harm. Self-harm starts with hatred to yourself, either a desire to drown out emotional pain, or a loss of any sense of control over your life. There can be many reasons for self-harm. Especially if you are a teen troubled by unreciprocated love or a family conflict.
Quite often self-harming starts in youth. Some people go on for their whole life, others manage to stop, however a craving for self-harm stays with them for a long time.
“Beyond yourself” is a performance dedicated to redirecting auto aggression into the outer world. Participants chose a liberating activity for themselves. For some it is an experience in destruction, for some in creation. Instead of stabbing their own body with scissors, they cracked open a cabinet with an axe. Instead of cutting themselves with a blade, they smashed plates. Through those activities, physical transformation of their bodies was replaced by physical transformation of the world around them. “Beyond yourself” consists of participants’ photo portraits, taken right after they have released their auto aggression into the environment, and a shot of the space, changed under their influence. Here, a picture is a way not to catch a moment but to create it.