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         In this project, the artist employs the self-portrait genre and engages symbols related to his background. By projecting Soviet stars, traditional craft traceries and other images associated with his childhood onto his body, he tries to reexamine his past. By literally stamping them onto himself like a tattoo, the projections become inseparable from the body and the background. Here, the word “background” takes on an additional interpretation. Through this reconciliation, he encounters his personal challenges of a long history of extremes in his country of birth.

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