Neuromantic Exhibition by Ana Vallejo - PhMuseum Days

Neuromantic

Ana Vallejo

Neuromantic - Ana Vallejo
Neuromantic - Ana Vallejo
Neuromantic - Ana Vallejo
Neuromantic - Ana Vallejo
Neuromantic - Ana Vallejo

Exhibition Details:

My name is Ana and I am a love addict. All my life, I have been consumed by anxiety and trapped in a loop of idealizing unavailable men. In march 2020 the Covid 19 pandemic severely hit NY and I was suddenly trapped in my apartment with my anxieties.

This ignited a process of looking inward to dissect and find the source of my addiction. I started a multidisciplinary personal investigation where I merge neuroscience, psychology, images, and anonymously sourced data from questions I ask to strangers.

I photographed partners and close female friends and family members with whom I share similar histories and relationship experiences and my apartment became the stage where I could re signify my traumas and inner world.

I found studies that suggest that exposure to trauma can change the way genes express stress in our brain and that it can be passed on through generations. I discovered that emotional and physical abuse makes us develop an insecure attachment style with dysfunctional coping mechanisms, affecting the quality of our relationships and making us prone to addictions.I realized my intense infatuations were a way to dissociate from reality and seek pleasure to anesthetize my life-long emotional pain.

I am currently collaborating with data scientist Andrew Hill, and together we designed an anonymous survey to assess how people experience emotions in relationships according to their attachment style.This is the link to participate. The surveys provide a safe space of expression which will also give us insight into how people feel and perceive their intimacy. The next step is to design an interactive website where people can answer the survey and navigate other people's experiences.

Through this interdisciplinary scrutinization of relationships, Neuromantic delves into dysfunctional relationships to ultimately highlight why healthy relationships and trauma integration are for our wellbeing.

Photographer's Bio:

(Colombia) Vallejo is a Colombian documentary, wedding and commercial photographer since 2015. Based in New York, she has a drive to understand the world and society in an experiential way, with all its paradoxes and complexities. She feels a visceral attraction toward color and she uses it as a vehicle to transmit sensations. She aims for her work to be simple and at the same time engaging and spontaneous. She believes that empathy is essential to achieving intimacy and honesty in photos, and she is also a faithful believer that the most interesting nuances of reality are found in everyday life and in the periphery of the action. She also thinks art’s higher purpose is to transform society and that its potential is reached through collaborative work.

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