Facebook Portrait Project Explores Just How Well We Know Our Friends
Artist Tanja Alexia Hollander set out to discover if she was truly "friends" with all her social network connections by meeting them in person.
Two years ago, Tanja Alexia Hollander sat at home writing a letter to a friend recently deployed to Afghanistan and simultaneously Facebook messaging another friend. She became curious about 21st century friendship after noticing how she embraced both old and new forms of communication to keep in touch. She began to explore how well she actually knew the 626 friends in her Facebook network, wondering “Am I really friends with all these people?” Hollander explains in greater detail:
I started to analyze my use of Facebook and the ‘friends’ I had accumulated in this online world. What I found were some people I hadn’t met in “real life;” a few people I was not speaking to in ‘real life’; ex lovers with new partners; ex-partners of friends; art dealers, curators and high school friends who I hadn’t seen in over 20 years.