One, No One, One Hundred Thousand

Caterina Monasta, One, No One, One Hundred Thousand, print.JPG

Caterina Monasta

One, No One, One Hundred Thousand

One, No One, One Hundred Thousand, is a print which investigates the relationship that dual-nationals have with biculturalism; the individual’s relationship with the concept of home.

Whilst growing up we are often taught that we have to be able to categories ourselves – nationality, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability –, but what if that is not possible? How can we choose who we are, and why should we have to make a choice?

The study of these ambiguities can open a space for discovery and development. Contained within this array we can find the term 'home', the exploration of which explodes the apparent simplicity of the term to reveal such aspects and constructs as: personal identity, growth, inclusion/exclusion, displacement, and being/belonging. When we talk of ‘home’ we don’t always think of an architectonical structure, but we may think of a concept, a country, or a group of people. We may have multiple symbolic ‘homes’ in a life time.

Italian novelist Luigi Pirandello argues that each individual creates hundreds of invisible masks, each one being a persona, which is created in relation to the external world. The idea that we are not ‘One’ person but we are many in relation to others.