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Digital Aftercares & Older Works

Ameera Kawash

The work done during this period explores intimacy, communication, and disconnection during the height of the pandemic era, a time of isolation and hyper-digitalisation. These works reflect experiences with distance, heartbreak, and self-care through ever-present digital technologies.

Digital aftercare refers to forms of care circulating through communication systems through texts, images, and videos. It contrasts human-centred forms of care against oppressive technological systems where consent is routinely obscured and violated. It advocates for an ethics of care emphasising choice, agency, and liberation as an alternative to the widespread harm caused by data colonialism, algorithmic violence, censorship, and ambiguated consent.

Works from this period include "Flower Mosh", which composts breakup texts from a long-distance relationship and oil on canvas pieces. "Bath Motes" is a video work delving into self-care rituals that involve speculative intimacies with digital technologies. It highlights and lampoons the appeal and shortcomings of wellness technologies and technologically mediated therapies in addressing trauma.

In addition to this, this collection features works from pre-2018. At the time, I was interested in how classical Western approaches to painting, including landscape and portraiture, are embedded in current digital mediascapes, from video games to selfies.

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