The installation features a series of more than 2,000 Polaroid photos of more than 2,000 faces. Each photograph is accompanied by a short statement by each individual on a digital recording that plays continuously. The audio recordings are as fascinating as the faces, as each subject tells of specific meanings, special significance and sentimental associations that their names have for them. Decidedly, there is much in a name.
The overriding theme of the exhibition is the use of the signifier—the name—and the demographic complexities implied by it: the sense of history, heritage, family and belonging. In this installation, through seeing the faces and hearing the stories, we realize the overwhelming sense of identity granted by the name, something ultimately as significant as race or ethnicity. Either in challenging post-structuralism or framing national identity, this is not just any other installation.