absence is the opposite of presence. today, culture is mediated by the presence of uncountable friends, content and objects. this new way of being has been excacerbated by ego-centered social media and an algorithmic pull power that brings things to us. by putting ourselves at the center of our own universes, the screaming tangibility of our reality becomes invisible. everyone else becomes a shadow. nothing is private. intimacy vanishes. there's no object without an image.
the aesthetics of absence challenge this trend by emphasizing by erasing, by making salient the things that are disappearing from around us, by making us reflect of all things that we will soon miss if we stop looking. it asks us to imagine a reality uncrowded by trivialites, and to take ownership in our own construction of reality.