Making Depression Visible: A Decade of Self Portraits | Yuk-Fai Lau | Visual Ethnography
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Making Depression Visible: A Decade of Self Portraits

Jason Yuk-Fai Lau

Abstract


In exploring my experience of living with chronic depression, I delve into a collection of self-portrait photographs spanning the past decade, and critically analyze my embodied performances depicting the experience of depression in front of the lens of a camera. Through analyzing representations, interpretations and broader cultural ideas communicated within these photographs, I engage with them using photo memoir as an autoethnographic research method. By doing this, I aim to bring to light facets of how depression has felt like to me personally, but also to broader public feelings and experiences of depression in larger sociocultural
contexts.

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Visual; Anthropology; Trauma; Depression; Mental Health

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Altrimedia Edizioni
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Leonardo Di Benedetto



Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Matera, numero di registrazione 2/2014