Name. Photo. Birth date. Birth Place. Residence.

True identity can be neither delivered on demand nor stored as mere information. To believe that it can be, is the weakness of all so-called security records kept by oppressors.  True identity is something known in one heart and recognised within another. It always contains a secret that no interrogation can reveal. Its secret is its human-beingness.

And it involves both the personal and the collective. It offers a sense of belonging and a sense of distinction. (The distinction being what distinguishes each one of us.) A true identity implies continuity; it evokes ancestors and heirs, the dead and the as yet unborn. And, at the same time, it frames a here and now which is a ME at every transient moment.

– John Berger, Concerning Identity

Date 2012
appropriation, experimental film, artwork genre