“THE ART OF SURVIVAL IS A STORY THAT NEVER ENDS.”–Christian Bale


WORDS: NASERIAN KOIKAI
PHOTOGRAPHER: GEMMA SHEPHERD
PRODUCER & STYLIST: MIKHAILIA PETERSEN
INDIVIDUAL: GIDEON ALLEN
CLOTHING: AKJP, MAYLEE, SOL-SOL AND MARGOT MOLYNEUX

The challenge that some cannot tackle with this quote is the use of the word “art” as a tool to aid in survival. The simplicity of this statement is centered on the complex use of the word and the weight it carries. A weight that varies based on an individual’s perception of its definition and value in relation to their lives. Whether a path is forged for us or by us we all experience the journey differently. It is possible we all start out our journeys on the same path, but the steps we take determine the outcome of where the trail leads us. We could end up at the same destination, but the art in how one gets to that position is unique to each person. With time the art reveals itself through the intricate details of its pattern. The art lies within these workings which determine the varying circumstances faced in life. Surviving is an art and the art is surviving it.

As a self aware individual Gideon serves as his own inspiration being able to reflect on his life and the challenges he has had to overcome in order to be triumphant. To an outsider it could be seen as an egotistic perception of himself, but his mother played an important part in molding him into the person he is today. In turn he sees her within him and only sees it fit to be an inspiration to himself as he adopted the qualities he admired about her. Being able to possess similar qualities to her is his way of giving back and paying homage to her sacrifices and determination to bring out the best in him. The art of his survival is taking the responsibility to forge the same path his mother created for him for his family members who look up to him as a source of inspiration, making it a story that never ends as the cycle continues but changes form.

Breaking out of your shell comes with learning and understanding oneself which is a commitment that requires dedication and determination. It is about getting in touch with your inner self and not the image you project, the skin you’re in attracts attention which can be exhausting for any individual. Regardless of how you are perceived society as a whole needs to understand people are born this way and not transformed this way. The pigment of your skin should not be a defining factor to who you are as a person. Your significance should be based on who you truly are within, looking beyond what is seen at face value and digging deeper.


INFO
NASERIAN KOIKAI  @kama.kawaida
GEMMA SHEPHERD @gemmamaryshepherd
MIKHAILIA PETERSEN @mikhailiapetersen
GIDEON ALLEN @gideon_allen