# Me Too

# Mee Too is a new series I have been working on throughout the Summer of 2018.

I took inspiration for it from strolling around Tel Aviv in 2017, finding a piece of fabric that was covered in concrete. The structure of the fabric was still visible, but what used to be soft, was hard as a stone. That fascinated me …

Later on, during Spring and Summer of this year, I read a lot of articles and had numerous conversations with friends about all sorts of gender issues that seem to move and sometimes haunt us as human beings:

The way we are raised as children. Being told how to be a good girl, or boy. How to dress. How to behave. And it’s both, astonishing and frightening to realize how our upbringing is shaping our identity, self-perception, attitudes, and behaviors for life …

During this time I also took part in a couple of spiritual retreats and it became again obvious how men and women struggle with their roles, identities, sexual orientation, etc. based on what they were told and what they experienced when growing up – now trying to integrate the Yin and Yang of themselves to balance the feminine and masculine sides of their identity.

But this was not just it. There was also a bigger global discussion going on: From 10+ gender definitions that evolved over recent years to allow people to properly describe their identity, sexual orientation or just who they believe they are, to numerous events and stories, uncovering different cases of sexual harassment and abuse – be it Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Asia Argento, or priests in the Catholic Church.

So, identity, gender, and sexual experiences – in their multiple fascets – are a big topic for a lot of people – as much as they are for me.

This new series is my way of dealing with the debate and translating it creatively. Especially, how our ongoing struggle with our acquired or instilled gender and our sexual experiences are caging us – both, visibly and invisibly.

Different to its use as a hashtag for ‘female sexual abuse’, # Me Too is meant to express that those questions and struggles are almost universal, affecting every one of us.