A Story to Tell
You don’t really fit in... You don’t fit into the group of normal people, because you’re anorectic. And you don’t fit with those affected by anorexia, because you’re a man. -Thomas, 21
Ask someone to picture a person affected by anorexia. Eventually, they will picture be a girl who ‘slipped on her diet’.
A Story to Tell aims to show the other side of the story: the male experience of eating disorders. While a lot of academics, clinics and media are struggling to reach this group, the project gives insight into stories of 10 protagonists from the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. It’s absolutely unique regarding the topic and it’s scale.
Formerly affected by Anorexia myself, it strikes me that indeed, eating disorders almost solely occur in the “Western” world. Feeling fat. Unworthy. Insecure. The anxiety of not living up to the invisible voice in one’s head. Then: Recovery. What if this voice is not just expression of personal insecurities; What if It’s a cultural narrative?
Following my 5-year project "I want to disappear – Approaching Eating Disorders“ that was published as a book and shown in various exhibitions, conferences and hospitals, I want to raise my engagement with the topic to the next level.
Our process starts with a conversation. What does it look like, your mental cage? What do you feel, see, think, hear, taste and smell? And where shall we go to take that picture of it?
Interviews, Portraits, Drawings and Interventions with the protagonists become metaphors for inner landscapes and their overlooked, yet painfully relevant condition.