The UNIG Self

The Un-Instagramable Self is a collection of short stories and visuals that explore the hidden parts of identity and life as individuals self-narrate and contribute to visual culture in the digital age of Instagram. The concept was inspired by Tara Westover’s (2019) Northeastern Commencement Address, about the alienating experience of over identifying with the idealized self and importance of embracing the un-edited self. Using narrative interviewing in combination with Carl Jung’s Theory of Archetypes and Erving Goffman’s Dramaturgical Theory, it looks at how narrating elements of the un-Instagramable self can affect acceptance of self and others, and impact visual culture.

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