You Have Nothing to Worry About
You Have Nothing to Worry About is a complex and difficult body of work that can be broadly defined as documentary photography.
Since 2009, I have been making photographs of my mentally ill, substance-abusing mother. Her diagnoses change frequently—from alcoholism to dissociative identity disorder—and my relationship with her has been fraught with animosity for as long as I can remember. I am fully aware that my mother thrives on being the center of attention and that, at times, our portrait sessions encourage her erratic behavior.
The photographs are simultaneously upsetting and encouraging; honest and theatrical; loving and hateful. By turning the camera toward my mother and my relationship with her, I capture her behavior as an echo of my own emotional response. The images function like an ongoing conversation.
Melissa Spitz (b.1988) is a working artist from St. Louis, Missouri, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Melissa is the recipient of Magnum's Inge Morath Award, recognizing a female photographer under the age of 30. Additionally, in 2017 she was named TIME Magazine’s Instagram Photographer of the year. Her work has been described as ‘brutally honest’ and ‘shocking.’