Photographs by Imdad Barbhuyan
IMDAD BARBHUYAN, 28
“For a era that prides itself on being linked and conscious, standing up and preventing for change, and questioning conventional blueprints for main our lives, Gen Zers, like everybody else, have their very own set of challenges. In an age the place fixed and huge quantities of knowledge can be found to every person, one can both really feel lost within the competitors and performative on-line exhibitionism fuelled by emotions of inadequacy or, conversely, extra at house within the digital house.
Spending most of their time on-line, Gen Zers must consistently juggle between digital dependency and being current within the bodily world. Digital identities most frequently don’t (or can’t) align with offline selves, particularly while you come from a small city, as I do, and that considerably impacts psychological well being.
Most of the youth I’ve talked to in Guwahati during the last month (together with my sister, cousins and folks I met by means of Instagram and on the streets) expressed a shared sense of feeling lost and helpless, like they’re merely a grain of sand in an unlimited desert. With little understanding of how the world labored within the pre-internet period, they’ll’t fathom a distinct actuality. Coming of age in the course of the pandemic provides one other layer of complexity.
Through the photographs, I wished to depict a number of the challenges of dwelling by means of such a time of change.”