© 2019  Valeria Lopez Torres


Instructions for Humanity

Photography / Visual Essay

If we were to produce a manual to navigate the social world, how would we depict the complexity of our interactions, step-by-step? What instructions would we write to explain social cues and body language?


Instructions for Humanity combines photography with instructions taken from commercial user manuals to produce an 'anti-manual manual' by means of decontextualization and juxtaposition. By bending the rules of logic and common sense I explore issues that  arise in a world in which cultures, languages, behaviors and communication styles clash.


This visual essay was published in volume 11 of "THERE Journal of Design", by the University of Minnesota.