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          In this project, the artist employs the self-portrait genre and engages icons related to his Soviet/Russian background. By projecting Soviet stars, Russian craft traceries and other Russia-related imagery - images from his childhood - onto his body, he tries to re-establish a connection with 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” can be interpreted in different ways. In this way, through this reunion and acceptance of his past, he hopes to establish a better progression of his present life towards future introspection.

                ©2020 Mikhail Porollo