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Marks of Identity: A Fusion of Color and Resilience | portrait series


This series melds vibrant and expressive makeup with the unfiltered stories of scars, burn marks and tattoos etched upon each individual's skin.


Delving beyond the surface, these portraits evoke narratives of personal journeys and self-discovery. The juxtaposition of colorful makeup against the backdrop of scars and burn marks amplifies the complexity of human experience, celebrating the unique stories that define us.


The vibrant makeup signifies the artistic agency through which these individuals express their personalities and embrace their distinctiveness. At the same time, scars, burn marks, and tattoos are not concealed; they become vital components of the composition, a testament to the battles fought and the triumphs achieved. Through this union, the series becomes a testament to the dual nature of existence - of both vulnerability and strength.


The scars and marks cease to be symbols of imperfection, transforming into badges of honor that signify resilience, growth, and the courage to fully embrace oneself.


"Bearing Marks of Identity" harmonizes the aesthetic and the profound, with an invite to engage in a conversation about authenticity, perception, and the multifaceted nature of human identity. Through the fusion of colorful makeup and intimate narratives of the body, this series ultimately celebrates the mosaic of human experience, where every mark tells a story, and every story contributes to the rich tapestry of existence. 

by Jörn Fröhlich 2023


Group Exhibition

Atlas Pavillon, Culture Park, Izmir

08.12. - 26.12.2023



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