Dislocation (2015, Dress Code in Effect, Access Gallery & Avenue )

Identity is something that exists in constant flux; it is shaped by the century, society and culture. It is almost impossible to depict one’s identity with his/her complexities. We are not the same today as were yesterday. Art historically, numerous artists created self-portraits that allowed them to reflect and reevaluate issues of society and to explore the endless complexities of identity.

My proposed work, "Dislocation"(2013) explores the ideas of occupying the in-between space and identity, often questioning how we find ourselves out of place but constantly trying to fit in a new structure and culture. The preconceived rules and expectations, which cause the conflict between different ideologies, make me rethink my old self and in order to shape a new one. Thought the documented performance in a domestic space, I portray the frustrating and torturing experience of adapting into a new place and foreign culture, illustrating the disturbance and process of identity in transformation. The concept of self-portrait brings another layer to the work, even though the self-portrait appears to be unconventional since the bodily gestures are more dominant than the face, this undefined and abstract approach deepens the complexity and the nature of self-portraits.