The Quest for (a new) Identity
By Art Historian and Art Critic Trine Ross
We tend to forget that our personal identity is negotiable and is constantly being negotiated around and inside us. But when we forget, the artworks of Mille Kalsmose are here to remind us.
One such work is the ongoing project ’All My Suicides’ which has so far resulted in both a Part One, Two and Three. The first part consists of Kalsmose’s many new name certificates – from the name, ”Henriette Olesen”, she was christened through several variations until she reached her present name, ”Mille Kalsmose-Hjelmborg”, in 2008.
The name we are given by our parents reveals many aspects of our selves. Most names are gender specific, but they often also reveal our nationality, age and background. But names can be changed and maybe we can change with them.
And behind each new name taken by Kalsmose-Hjelmborg lies a wish for change and a will to take charge of her own destiny – and identity. Only by facing this fundamental fact we can truly … change.