What makes up our identity?
The clothes we’re wearing, our background (where are you from, the way you speak, your family), what you do for a living, what you do for fun, morals, how we ask when we are well/unwell, what we buy, how we choose to look like, how we act when we’re sober and when we’re inebriated – Is that’s what creates our identity?
No, that’s not what creates our identity. I personally don’t believe that. Imagine if those things would actually create our identity, that would mean that we can easily steal anyone’s identity, we could become anyone we want. Even as it is, people do that, they’re trying to be something they’re not and the things we buy, what we do for a living how we choose to look like, these things are something that we all have in common. There’s too many of us on this planet that is 110% impossible not to have this kind of things in common with someone else.
Nikki S. Lee shows us through her body of work, Projects how easy it is to immerse yourself into a subculture and to become someone else, by changing the way you look and the way you act.
If it is that easy to become someone else why don’t we all steal each others identities? It’s that simple, we can’t because this is not what makes up our identity.
Photographer Trish Morrissey in her body of work Front travels on beaches and approaches different families asking if they could take a family photograph where she would take the role of the mother. She immerses herself into different families trying to take the identity of the mother and when you take the first look at the picture it makes it actually makes you feel that she is actually a part of the family, but in the same time you can feel a discomfort between the family members. When they pose for the picture they are smiling, but it is something about it that it is just not natural.
I think that what makes up our identity is what we believe in, how we think about ourselves, how we choose to express ourselves, how we make our choices; whether we’re kind and good people or brutal and careless. I personally believe that all of this can be seen in a person’s eyes. Our eyes are the window to our soul and by looking into a person’s eyes you can tell everything about them, if they’re good or bad people, if they’ve been through a lot of hard times in their life, if they’re naive, helpless, if they’re suffering.
The image bellow represents my response to the Identity task.