Mark Kessell

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A Statement Addressed To The Eye
A Statement Addressed To The Eye
Serial No. 1363

To Be Determined

In the absence of (at least) 90% of the sensory stimulation available to sighted children, blind children still develop a strong sense of identity.

These children cannot look at themselves in a mirror, cannot see the faces of their parents, siblings, or peers, and are unable to compare their own appearance with others. They are unaffected by the powerful visual influences of television, film or advertising which pervade the culture to which sighted children are exposed.

Despite the profound difference in their experiences, blind children commonly develop into adults who have as much "sense of self" as other people. How do they do it? What cues do they use to define themselves and their relationships with others? Does this tell us anything about the way we look at and become... ourselves?

Many, but not all the children in this series are blind. Those who appear blind are not, necessarily. And those who appear sighted may in reality be sightless. These children represent us all.

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Kim Foster Gallery

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