What’s in a name – and what if you wanted to change it? Or had to?
We all have multiple names (first, family, nick, stage, pen, etc). Some we like, others we reject; but in the end a name is a label. A handle, a tag, a reduction. And sometimes, it can feel like a prison. What if you’re more than white/yellow, guy/girl, queer/straight? What if your identity, who you really are, won’t fit into the box that others construct for you? Suppose you had the chance to reinvent yourself – what then?
My Names - 我的名字 investigates the universal themes of identity through the particular experience of two young Asian youths currently living in Melbourne. Drawn directly from their present lived experience, My Names challenges and unpacks the standard memes of identity and, in doing so, transcends the easy polarisation of politics and polemic to focus instead on the humanity and life experience of two young people coming of age in the same country, same city. Who are they, who do we think they are, and is the reality of their life in the contemporary West changing who they feel themselves to be?
Warning: Contains strobe lighting, some infrequent/low pressure audience interaction