Being yourself means acting according to your feelings and beliefs. However, what happens when your own self is not conceived for the life in society, but for solitude? What happens when being yourself means not to interact with other people, not to go out of the safe space, to retreat in music, literature, art?
For living in the present society you have to adapt and respect the norms that are transmitted to you. Therefore to create a strong “you”, ready to deal with the challenges of day-to-day life, maybe even a “you” totally different from the true you.
According to a Japanese belief, each person has three faces: you show the first one to the world, the second to family and close friends, and the third one you don’t show it to anybody, it being the most real reflection of the person.
This self-portrait illustrates the search for the original – the most authentic reflection of one’s personality – after the dissociation between the personality’s faces and the loss of identity. The amnesia that made the true one to be lost between fighting “yous” being caused by the lack of time spend to going back to one’s the roots – giving up comfort in favor of self-validation in society.
Through the association of “yous” with the three parts of Sigmund’s theory of personality, we can interpret the image at another level. The processes involved in modeling the personality (id, ego, superego) work together to create a balanced self. However, when one of the processes stops functioning correctly, the personality suffers – this imbalance being considered by some experts the principal cause in the appearance of mental illness.
The almost naked bodies symbolize the personality’s vulnerability in the journey of self-reunification, and the “orphan” faces, the loss of purpose – that of helping the sensible personality to adapt in the society of the millennial generation – a generation concentrated on egocentrism, from which the altruism gradually disappears – without being corrupted by it. The personality’s fists, not tighten, not open are the reservation with which she starts the journey towards the self, the hesitation of taking action, fearing to make mistakes. “Hiding” the faces of the characters acts as a mask and has the role of not provoking mercy. The wood brings the idea of femininity in the image thanks to the relationship created between the voluptuousness of the female body and the wood’s curves, and the lack of color helps create an atmosphere that denotes sensibility and mystery. The position of the character in the right brings a plus of oddness, the viewer is left to guess what it is going to do.
This photograph represents a visual metaphor that explores the theme of self-knowledge – of discovering my own capabilities of communicating through visual language – through using different things like body position, atmosphere, framing, using the available space in a more creative way.