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Doria Sharra ART Habens work engage me in an intriguing way? Does it make me want to step into this artist`s private universe of interests and references? civil rights and feminist movements. The subtle socio political criticism in my work that you refer to, deals mainly with the hetro-normative, binary inclined patriarchy, and its effects on the most personal and intimate aspects of our lives. Since I believe that power it at its highest when it`s transparent, I try to bring forward issues that are silenced, in order to create a conversation about its mechanisms. My current project tells the life story of one person - Bruri, from birth to death. The world that I`m building for the protagonist is filled with a multitude of metamorphoses, such as that of objects, of landscapes and of gender. The series also allows for transformations of the libidinal energy, which travels from one body to the next, of the main character. Indeed, this character changes genders in order to facilitate the fantasy of how one`s intimate relationships would feel, when experienced through different bodies. I believe the role of art is multifaceted– - it can take on many roles, and surely more than one role at once. Therefore It`s important for an artist to be conversant with art`s rich history, the current discourse and the countless avenues for expression it can offer, in order to make well informed decisions. So in this case, the actual events that took place in my real life are secondary to the story lines and plots that my imagination is weaving, since in reality I can only live in the current body I inhabit. None the less, I still consider these narratives to be part of my direct experience, since they take up an important part of my inner world. For me an artist’s personal and direct experience includes their Imagination and curiosity. Whether a certain event took place in real life or not, is not as important as how much an artist managed to use what fascinates her or him in a compelling manner. Does the 21 4 06 Special Issue