Saturday, 9 May 2015

Masked Identity

I questioned myself, ''Do we need a face in order to have an identity?''
I will try to tackle this question through these photos. The face is the first thing people see and recognize us by. I wanted to challenge myself to create an identity without using the face. The model in this series, Stella Violari, has tattoos on both her hands. This is a part of her identity and can give us a hint as to who she is. Therefore, it is not only the face that can tell us who someone is, but these little details too. The mask also symbolizes ambiguity, we often have to act in order to survive. We hide and do not show our true feelings in order not to hurt ourselves and others.''Is the whole world a theatre and we its actors?''

Here are some other shots from the series:

2o Diversity Art Festival- Famagusta Gate

On the 22-26 April I was part of an exhibition with non-Cypriot artists living in Cyprus, Point- Elenio Project and the rest of my classmates from the University of Nicosia. The space was big and the work was dispersed around the building in an organised and formal manner. It was lovely to see the diversity within every artists' work.

Here is the work I presented:

Some works from other students:

Identity Loss

With the rise of technology and social media, we gradually start loosing our identity. We are capable of having more identities than one, as we can be anyone we want to be online. Thus we loose our individuality and human contact becomes less. I used my own face to demonstrate this. I started by removing the eyes, then the nose, then mouth, until the face is completely gone.
The photograph was taken by my tutor, Haris Pelapaissiotis, at The University of Nicosia.