IDENTITAS – I am socially attributed to more than my role!
An artistic conveying project of “Beratungsstelle COURAGE” and “faksimile digital”
As soon as a newborn child is facing the world, it is attributed with a certain gender , namely “male “ and/or „female“. The child is receiving education throughout its life and is experiencing what socialization really means. The child is learning to accept certain guidelines society has to offer which are teaching him or her how to be a MAN or a WOMAN in different life situations like school, job, different sex partner, wedding, children etc.
Lesbians and gays differ from this role expectation. They do not feel connected to their given sex and do not correspond to social and family expectations. The bitter consequences of the mentioned dynamics are often splitting off from own feelings and needs, isolation, escape in work, depressions etc.
The roles society has assigned us are often work restricting and are only one part of the total personality of a human: “I am more than my social role!“. Being an adult does also mean to question your own history and your assigned role in order to grow as a human. The way we are adapting different roles and the realization that changing your role is possible allows us to create our own identitiy and live it.
The proposed project will be found on very busy places like the passage Barnabitengasse beside the Mariahilfer church or on Stephansplatz.
The small passage leading along the church will be shut off with the use of tables and boarders, but there was also a partially free entrance way.
Cardboard roles with meaningful pictures, symbols and texts printed on their surface are used.
In the exhibition area those roles are placed as independent objects which can be viewed by passengers. Volunteers which are wearing the cardboard roles will be able to receive questions and give informations to people passing by.
As a visitor you can slide into the roles and try to wear them.
This is how the gender roles and sexual identity are made visible for everyone. The exhibition is making it therefore possible to try different roles and get used to them, but also to change your assigned role.
Our goal was to fight against prejudgement and ignorance towards hetero and homosexual men and women. The exhibition roles should be thought provocing and should make people question about their own assigned role and the opportunity to develop an identity beyond the social standards we are faced with every day.