Segmented into 4 chapters that address my exploration of "identity," this website includes projects undertaken during my master’s study at the Piet Zwart Institute. It accompanies my written thesis as a discussion around my lens-based art practice. Throughout my work, the lens acts and is considered as a metaphor for looking and being looked at. Focusing on my identity, my analysis extends into artist Trinh T. Minh-ha’s philosophy of using the lens to “speak not about identity but to speak nearby.1” I speak near my identity with the lens.2 I articulate my identity as linked to notions of image, place, feeling and personal history.
 

Chapter 1 begins by critiquing identity through representation. Chapter 2 looks at maps as an abstraction of belonging. Chapter 3 visualizes identity as an abstract sense of shared kinship and feeling. Chapter 4 is about returning to a land and engaging with the lens as rendered history. These chapters serve as records of my research project. This website is both archive and web publication. 

 

1. Kaplan, E. (1997) Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film and the Imperial Gaze. New York: Routledge. p. 201
2. To "speak nearby" is the antithesis of speaking about. To simply speak about identity would, to push the ideation, mean putting up my identity as an object for display. I speak nearby to avoid the objectification of my identity. 

thesis advisor: Natasha Soobramanien | thesis reader: David Haines | project mentor: Lena Dobrowolska