We all feel strongly about where we come from and how we grew up. Some may have great memories some may not, but we all feel attached to that one place we consider home.
We learn traditions, customs, languages, how to wear specific clothes for specific occasions and sometimes even choose a religion. We adopt these things to be our own and we talk or show it off with pride. Unfortunately, that sense of pride can be dangerous for the human race because of the feeling of power one can attribute to it. It has torn countries, continents, families, and friends apart. It still continues to do so today.
The only way to make peace with other cultures is not to oppose or defy someone else’s identity, but to try to understand it by immersing oneself into it. You put yourself in their lives and attempt to comprehend why they do things differently. It is an enriching experience that makes you appreciate life itself.
I challenged myself to do so in this final project. I conversed with others from different countries about their customs, traditions, and the “why” to many things going on there. Then I absorbed in the information and I took a portrait of myself in traditional women’s clothing of the different countries. I dare myself to continue to experience and share with others from diverse cultures because in the end we all share two things in common; we are all humans and we only have this one planet to share.