If you're exhausted by the post-summer holiday pics on your feed and in need of something to shake up your senses, this Instagram account might just be the sticky salvation you've been looking for.

 

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Who is helloo0o0o0oo0oo0oooo00o0…?

Helloo0o0o0oo0oo0oooo00o0…? is the Instagram profile of Laila Majid, an artist and recent graduate of Chelsea College of Art, although to visit it one may feel that they’ve just stumbled upon a latex fetish site. Maybe they have. It is slithering with images and videos that expose and exaggerate the sliminess, mutability and all-round weirdness of human flesh and bodily fluids. Amphibian or alien webs are revealed between fingers and clear gloop glistens under a harsh flash. Though she began to use Instagram soon after moving to London—for the same reason as most, “to share images of the places and things I was seeing, experiencing and documenting”—her presence began to morph into something altogether more freaky.


Why should you follow?

Majid’s profile is a refreshing look at the human body that is unpolished, and sometimes even inhuman. Hands turn into claws, prompting us to question the boundaries between human and animal—particularly relevant at a time when the human relationship with the environment is being called into question more than ever. Her posts are also often incredibly visceral. They hit upon an aesthetic of body modification that’s gripped Instagram for a while. Though, unlike more polished contemporaries such as @salvjiia, she steers clear of obvious editing, making her work all the more unsettling. Majid welcomes a range of responses from her followers, and those who stumble upon her profile, “from that which is playful and humorous to the more seductive, uncomfortable or even repulsive.”

 

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What Instagram doesn’t tell you

The artist recently had a joint show at East London’s Transition Two with Bloomberg New Contemporaries finalist Louis Blue Newby, called Hold My Hand By the Tail. The show took the “desire to negotiate” the boundaries of our flesh bodies between our inner selves and the outside world as its starting point, using latex and silicon to probe the desire to expand, transform and exist beyond our physicality—as can be seen in the lives we lead online.

 

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