This photographic series considers our ever-shifting identities. The portraits are physically disrupted to represent the influence that people and media have on our sense of self.
Just as a photograph becomes defined as the physical object itself, the specific moment in time it was taken, what is included within the frame (as well as what was left out), and the vantage point from which it was taken.
Our identity can be defined by our physical appearance, traits and characteristics that we choose to reveal, and the way we position ourselves in the world at a specific moment in time.
Both can be thought of as a representation of truth, whilst at the same time not being the only truth. And both can be interpreted and misinterpreted by the viewer depending on the lens of their own experiences, judgements and beliefs that alter their perceptions and how they view the world.
This artwork plays with the ideas of what a photograph is and what it can be, whilst posing similar questions about what we think of as identity. Society has created categories, subcategories and rules of what is required to conform to certain identities, and with it, we become bound by stereotypes and expectations. We adjust our behaviour accordingly.
The work questions the notion of a fixed and stable identity and emphasises the fluid and contingent nature of what we think of as the "self". It highlights the various ways in which we construct and perform our identities in different contexts and the ways in which our identities are mediated by others.
Through this photographic series, I hope to encourage viewers to reflect on the social dynamics that shape our understanding of ourselves and others.
Can we imagine a world where none of the categorisations of identity exist? Who would we be? What could we let go of? What stereotypes and expectations would we most like to be free from?