Ritalin Self Portraits: With and Without

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Title

Ritalin Self Portraits: With and Without

Creator

Chris Janzen

Description

Slide Film and Lightbox, 9 1/4" H. x 39" W. Per Lightbox

Date Created

2010

Description

Slide Film and Lightbox

Dimensions

9 1/4" H. x 39" W. Per Lightbox

Type of Work

Photography

Artist Statement

Prescribing ADHA drugs is controversial and potentially harmful for a variety of reasons. The effects physically, mentally, emotionally and socially are all worth considering, yet as a society we often turn to drugs such as Ritalin as a way to control our kids and adolescents. Although I was extremely hyperactive as a teenager I was never diagnosed with ADHD or prescribed Ritalin, but my curiosity about the effects of these drugs remains. Essentially, I wonder whether I would be the person that I am today had I been taking Ritalin; would that drug have significantly changed my course in life?

RITALIN SELF PORTRAITS forces the viewer to decide what they believe the effects of ADHD drugs are and what a person would look like on or off them. These portraits cause a viewer to project their own ideas about these drugs, misconstrued or not, onto my own two week experience which transforms this autobiographical work into a type of mirror placing the viewer’s ideas as tantamount to my own.

Catalogue #

2010.002.001

Rights

Chris Janzen

Citation

Chris Janzen, “Ritalin Self Portraits: With and Without,” S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery, accessed October 20, 2018, http://sag-ufv.ca/items/show/271.