BUOY is excited to present BIRTHDAY, a new series of photographs by Portland-based artist Meg Mitchell. BIRTHDAY documents an imagined world in which the artist celebrates the anniversary of her birth in a different country every year. These works are a catalogue of a fantasy, a ceremonial rhythm, an appropriation in search of a celebration.
In the artist’s words, “Having grown up in an American culture without a strong, common tradition surrounding the anniversary of our births, I’ve always felt slightly disappointed on my birthday. In an attempt to better understand what it feels like to have a strong birthday tradition, I fabricated one for myself by imaging that I traveled to a different country each year to eat their traditional birthday dessert, celebratory food or popular dessert. Presented here is a catalogue of the foods I pretended to have eaten.”