Worldwide, up to 70 million individuals suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating; affected persons are of all genders, appearances and ages. Research confirms that young women and girls in industrialized nations are at the highest risk to be affected.
One out of ten, so the current hypothesis, will experience an eating disorder at least once in their lifetime. Nevertheless, the sources and effects of this illness are still highly stigmatized, discreeted and excluded from societal discourse.
In I want to disappear, 20 young women intimately share their testimonies with the viewer. What does it feel like to be affected? How is this conflict linked to one’s own (sexual) identiy, and why does controlling one’s body help someone to feel “better”, even just for a short time?
Altogether they provide a surprising and confrontative insight into the personal conflicts, ruptures and insecurities which lie at the root of this disease. Very soon, a new perspective is revealed: eating disorders are never a sign of weakness. And one is by no means alone with it.
170 x 215 mm
English: I want to disappear - Approaching Eating Disorders
German: I want to disappear - Essstörungen. Eine Annäherung.
Hardcover with linen cloth and silk screen print
14 pages of text printed on transparent paper
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2018 Congress for Eating Disorders - AKH, Vienna (upcoming)
2017 Fotografia Festival - Rome (upcoming)
2017 International Congress for Eating Disorers - Alpbach, AUT (upcoming)
2017 Photobook Phenomenon @ CCCB - Barcelona, ES
2017 Athens Photo Festival - GR
2017 FOCUS photo festival - Mumbai, India
2017 Les nuits de l’image - Musée de l‘Elysée, Lausanne, CH
2017 Circulation(s) Festival for Young European Photography - Paris, F
2016 Rundgang : Art & Photography, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2016 „Unfolding Truth - DPF Awardees“ [group] - SLC C.College, SLC
2015 Wednesdayshow - Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Shortlisted : C/O Belin Talents / New Documentary Photography- DE
Shortlisted : Photographvy Grant - US
Winner : The Photobookmarket at Encontros da Imagem, Braga/P
Shortlisted : SCAN Photobooks - Terragona, ESP
Shortlisted : Photobookaward of Royal Society of Photography - London
Shortlisted : Athens Photo Festival Dummy Award - GR
Winner : Eyes On Project Review - Vienna, A
new anorexia patients per 100.000 citizen per year.
new bulimia patients per 100.000 citizen per year.
95 % of those affected by an eating disorder are between 12 and 26 years old.
of girls between 12 and 18 years in Western Europe are not satisfied with their body proportions.
0,9 % Anorexia Nervosa 0,9 – 1,5% Bulimia Nervosa 1,9 – 3,5% Binge Eating Among female adults in the general population.
have gone on a diet without actually being overweight.