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Project 101 is a personal collection of human marks and scars from all over the world, such as New Zealand, USA, India, Germany, Nigeria, Poland, Australia and UK. Each photographed person was interviewed about unique story behind his/her scar.
Almost all of us have at least one scar on our body, such as a birth mark, wrongly cut umbilical cord, hypertrophic scars or just regular tattoo.
People create scars by piercing and deforming their bodies since ancient times. The permanence of scarring has led to its intentional use as a form of body art within some subcultures. Ritual scarring practices associate a positive meaning of word ‘scar’.
Meanwhile, there are people who do not want to see their scar. It brings back memories connected to either painful or intimate experience from the past. Psychological mark, like childhood trauma or depression, causes fear and repulsive emotions every time while seeing the scar. According to Clinical Psychology Review from 2001, any mental disorders may remit but leave psychological scars such as negative cognitive patterns on human brain. Yet many people have accepted their 'mental' and 'physical' scars and are proud of them.
Slash Forward Exhibition, Real World Gallery, Brick Lane, London