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The ‘I Am’ project exhibited at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, N.Y., 4 January – 16 March, 2014

The ‘I Am’ project was selected as part of a group exhibition, ‘Dear Diary: Update All’, at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, 4 January – 16 March 2014. The “exhibition of twenty international artists and thirty artworks explores how artists express their individual and collective identities, and the relationships among memory, document, and fiction. The mixed media exhibition presents work that uses online data, remembrance, handiwork, genetics, gaming, and Google to mark the discord, beauty and banality that occur each day”. As part of the exhibition, a special recording booth was set up where visitors could record their own family’s oral histories: “Exhibiting artist Kannan Arunasalam created ‘I Am’ an oral history project through which he challenged perceptions of identity by creating sound and video portraits of Sri Lankan elders, with the hope of exploring how these people’s stories could help bring individuals and communities together. Inspired by the ‘I Am’ project, children and their families have the opportunity to interview one another in the museum’s recording booth, and share their stories with program participants and the museum community.