I created visuals using a photo portrait of Em Cole, responding to her poem Tributes for Syrup magazine. The poem details Emily’s own experiences around about consent, online abuse, and obsession. Her social media images were stolen and exploited; they now sit in chatrooms on dark parts of the web, being violated by men. They stole her image – defaced it, printed it for masturbation and created an idealised character of her – their fantasy version. Her digital doppelganger exists in these chatrooms, and I responded to this with two images, one representing her doppelganger – an online ghost, haunting her as she is reproduced and re-presented. The second, representing how her images have been distributed. They are shared and shared, printed, reframed, and re-made as different versions. I represented this in a digital glitch – her multiple false selves and her true self all existing at once. An image and a real girl, trapped in this digital, rape culture glitch.
© Lily Jones 2020