“Born as I was the citizen of a free state and a member of its sovereign body, the very right to vote imposes on me the duty to instruct myself in public affairs, however little influence my voice may have in them.”
---Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract
The body of work titled, “With all your lies, you’re still very loveable” is the outcome of an exploration of my relationship with my country. In a world that seems full of turmoil and corruption, the search for someone to blame is overwhelming. Shifting perspective and instead pointing the finger of perception inward, reveals the great responsibility of citizenship and causes new stories to unfold.
Rousseau continues, “For every individual as a man may have a private will contrary to, or different from, the general will that he has as a citizen. His private interest may speak with a very different voice from that of the public interest; his absolute and naturally independent existence may make him regard what he owes to the common cause as a gratuitous contribution, the loss of which would be less painful for others than the payment is onerous for him; and fancying that the artificial person which constitutes the state is a mere fictitious entity (since it is not a man), he might seek to enjoy the rights of a citizen without doing the duties of a subject. The growth of this kind of injustice would bring about the ruin of the body politic.”
This work investigates themes of personal accountability and the importance of considering how individual actions can affect the whole.
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