“To me identity means being yourself. Because there is only one person like you. It’s all about your soul and personality. If sometimes you want to be like someone else that’s not your actual identity. Everyone in this world is different.” 

“Identity means to look in your inner side and discover your personality”.

“I feel that I am shy sometimes, social, a chatter box, a thoughtful and friendly person. A sensible and weird person. A person who laughs a lot, a bad/good singer.”

“Who am I?









"Identity to me is your name and who we are. 
We have identity so people know who we are. 
So we can stand out. So if we can lost we can be found. So people know your personality.”

“Me – What Makes Me Me:

A potter head

A rabbit heel





My memories


“I am a human. I love astronomy. I like rabbits. I sometimes get emotional. I hate math. I love art. I believe in myself. This is who I am.”





“To me identity means who you are and what you are made of like emontions, hobbies, how you react to different things, feelings, thoughts.

I like to express myself and show people who I truly am.”


Global migration triggers off concerns regarding the notion of identity.


As a society, we have to rethink the issue of identity. People cannot be forced to choose between extremes like fundamentalism or segregation. They shall be allowed to live their different, complex lives and shall not be pushed to choose between one or another side.


Inspired by the French writer, Amin Maalouf, who wrote in his book: “If we want to prevent violence, we need to find new ways to think about identity” (In the Name of Identity: Violence and Need to Belong), I decided to enquire what young people think about identity.


For this purpose, I have talked to children (11 y.o.) of different nationalities and asked them the following questions.


  1. What does “identity” mean to you?

  2. Who do you think you are?

  3. Can you choose the colours/colour that describe/s you best?


“Gen C” is a portrait of a new generation. I have created it from individual portraits of children based on their answers to the above mentioned questions. The colours used in each case come from the individual responses to the third one.


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