Imitation as Identity Formation
Hetain Patel Keynotes - Hetain Patel is a conceptual artist who began examining how identity is constructed, cultivated and...
Patel uses a language other than his native or preferred tongue to convey the process of imitation. Together, Patel and Rau ruminate and imitate the different imitations that Patel cycled through as a child, from Spiderman and Bruce Lee to his own father.
Patel eventually arrives at the conclusion that we “learn who we are by copying others.” He asserts that imitation has a special function for exposition and revelation. Patel profoundly notes that each failure at imitation causes him to become more himself. Imitation, then, is not the antithesis of authenticity; but a necessary step in achieving it.