We can never truly define ourselves, but we try to make peace with that knowledge by using our body and possessions to project a temporary character. It is in our nature to identify others for self-assessment. While looking at each nameless individual, I ask myself, “Do I relate to what I am seeing, or do I feel excluded?”

 

Our primal need to identify has been corrupted by prejudices. Is there value beyond the signifiers? Has being judged by others made us violent and vulnerable creatures?

 

Inheritance led us to obscurity, pessimistic recesses of the Earth with deafening winds, putrid soil, and blistering fire.

 

My mission, as an archaeologist, is to uncover the forgotten pieces of us that remain and address humanity’s aggression.