“Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim.” (Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.) Latin saying by Ovid This short film is a self portrait. I tried to visualize how it feels like to live with a condition that causes chronic pain. Describing your pain to someone else is difficult, and many people who live with chronic pain feel like their suffering isn’t taken seriously enough. From the outside you may not notice it, but the pain inside is real and debilitating. It can affect your whole life and make you feel dispirited.
Tessa Ojala is a designer and a visual artist from Helsinki, Finland. She mainly works with video art, photography and painting.