Boris Groys is an art critic, media theorist, philosopher, and author of many books, including, most recently, Logic of the Collection (2021) and Philosophy of Care (2022). He is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and Senior Research Fellow at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.
Losing My IdentityBy Boris Groys
Today, there is a lot of talk about identity. Identity is supposed to be something that connects us to the pastthat we carry inside us through the present towards the future. When we speak about our identity, we mean not only our own personal past but also our ancestry, the culture in which we were raised, the people to which we belong. Can we abandon our identity? It seems that such an operation is impossible. Even if we have migrated into a different country and culture then it is still possible to trace our route back to its origin and thus reconstruct our identity.