B Shot by a Stranger: Beyond Loneliness
In the beginning of 2012, artist Gonzalo Bénard in a quest of understanding the loneliness of youth, its causes and consequences, asked to a few strangers/volunteers – through social networks -, if he could shoot them through webcam, avoiding the physical or energetic presence, as pre-installed security cameras at their rooms, dorms, bathrooms, and other living spaces.
Since then, more young loners joined in this psychological and photographic project, sharing with us their vulnerability and frailness while alone and lonely, most of them lost in their own thoughts or even in the society that we’ve built. Some as a scream for attention, some others for a moment of exhibitionism – which is per se a call for attention -, and some others just shared their intimacy and private moments for the proposed of the project, both as a case study and art involvement.
B Shot by a Stranger has been growing up with them: almost 2 years passed since the very first loner, resulted in almost 50 loners from all over the world. All of them between the ages of 18 to 28yo, students or workers, from arts to sociology or economics, dancers or geologists, they are from Sidney to Poland, from Johannesburg to Chicago, Paris or Philippines. Belonging to different labels on races and sexuality orientation, cultures or religions, they all suffered from loneliness at certain point, and B Shot by a Stranger was there to be the stranger and witness of their naked fragility.
Meanwhile, B Shot by a Stranger has being lectured in several universities of photography around the world, as well as featured in several art blogs and mags online, or even in the best contemporary photography magazines such as Eyemazing which made an excellent article written by Hilaire Avril. A book was published at the end of 2012 including a selection of the best 100 photos and 3 texts, being one of them written by one of the loners sharing his experience as a young loner writer, and the other by the creator for this project.
The B Shot by a Stranger is soon going to end as shootings, and prepare itself to be lectured also in universities of Sociology and Psychology around the world, as well as being ready to be exhibited in Art Galleries, Cultural Centres and also to be published in a single art book with several essays and texts by different writers with different approaches: art, sociology, literary, history and psychology: all this through the year of 2014.
Lots of research and work has been made, lots of words have been written about this project that bring up one of the biggest issues of youth in our days, its causes and its consequences. From the lack of interest by the society to the – sometimes – suicide in early age.
Gonzalo Bénard have been there as witness, voyeur and photographer, supporting their quests to survive in the society we’re living in, shooting them and making them being part of the artistic, psychological and sociologic project B Shot by a Stranger.
B Shot by a Stranger is now ready to be shown and plan to be exhibited worldwide with more than 400 photographs taken: as loneliness in youth is not an issue of one culture, one religion, one race, but an issue of the youth on earth: a global lack of inner communication.
Be your self a witness and Be your self part of this quest, in which the Loners end up being Voyeurs of their own selves.
The final photographs have been printed as limited editions of 3/3, with 50cm (19.7 inches) wide in the best cotton paper for art collectors worldwide.
And here you have a very small selection through the history of the project, from the very first ones to the very latest ones.
Thank you to all who have made this project possible, from the loners to the editors, art collectors and friends who have been supporting.
featured at Eyemazing:
Published as book in 2012 (click the book cover for a preview):
and B Sot by a Stranger went through 2013:
Do you want to more about the B Shot by a Stranger project? check these links bellow:
EYEMAZING article by Hilaire Avril;
B Shot by a Stranger 2013.
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