I AM MO
I Am Mo is a series of self-portraits that allows Mohammad Alfoudari to perform different personas to the camera without fixing him with one identity. Each image shows a different side to him, without revealing who he is. The different characters that he performs are based on how he and how he thinks others see him. The main purpose of the project is to challenge the idea that portrait photography fixes us with an identity. The self-portraits are in negative, which takes away his skin colour, and facial features so it becomes difficult to guess how he really looks like. The photographs are intentionally sized and framed differently to emphasise the differences of each character he performs. The work has been inspired by the surreal artist Claude Cahun and her series of self-portraits which challenges identity specially gender identity. Claude Cahun’s self-portrait tends to make the viewers curious, as she never settles on one identity in her self-portraits.