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Exploring the limitless notion of Identity, its various derivations and representations within philosophy, psychology and art history has been the main subject, which has haunted my work over the past years.I first aspired to associate the exploration of the self with archeological procedures. My recent installations have stood as excavation sites and their sculptural objects were submitted to raw and meticulous recovery in which debris and artifacts are observed as remains of our individuality. As I engaged in deeper research on fewer specific aspects of our identity, I became profoundly drawn to extreme fusional relationships that exhaust the sense of individuality. By using and manipulating with great obsession, documents depicting Marina Abramovicz and Ulay while intensely performing, Genesis P Orridge and Lady Jaye attempting to resemble each other, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh practicing the far-off “year of the rope”, I include in my work cases of individual disappearance through extreme collaboration and witness its deep impact on the process involved in my practice. First, a map of the original picture is drawn upon numerous layers of tracing paper; then, the data is endlessly flipped over, transferred and overlapped on a wood panel until the borders of each of the protagonists fade away.I deliberately demolish parts of my drawings and sculptures, not only with the intention to recall the archeological protocol, gestures and its metaphoric strength, but also to suppress specific areas where the inseparable collaborators I mentioned earlier are in physical contact, where stands the third identity they created. I also attempt to challenge and destroy the established icons I chose to employ and therefore evoke my search for a new found expression. Such iconoclastic actions fuel my hope of recalling a long history of prohibited representation; they also allow me to confront the conventionality of the fabrication of an art object. Altering an artwork already sacralized by the time and the virtuosity involved is definitely an act of defiance.