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My Friend Ana

The project focuses on my personal relationship with my eating disorder I have been dealing with for the past couple of years. I want to stress the importance of the disorder as a mental illness because many people misguidedly consider anorexia nervosa or bulimia as a “weight” problem and only underweight patients are “sick enough” to be treated or get any help.

I have been dealing with that issue and even my family do not always understand my struggle. I want to depict my daily life with the disorder and how it feels. I have decided to personalize “my” anorexia – my demon as a Barbie because when I was in therapy once with my mom she said that the reason I got sick in the first place was the amount of Barbies I have as a child – which I found ridiculous as there were many traumas hidden behind my illness.

The project shows scenes of every day activities in a bit theatrical even fictional way as it is a story I want to show, a fantasy I am living in coming straight from my mind. Whereas the relationship between us has once good but also bad influence, at the same time.