The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.
Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.
In this week's Name Project interview, Cambodian graffiti artist Lisa Mam speaks to the importance behind a nickname. Unlike nicknames, which are typically representative of the interpersonal language that exist between those closest to us, Lisa's is one she created for herself. Born Puthyleak she created the name Lisa, which is actually an acronym for Life Is So Amazing, to embrace the freedom it allowed for her as a female artist; taking language to shape it to her own purposes. "The name Lisa that I chose defines more of who I really am... through my artwork I like to express women who are very powerful and they have more the character of someone very empowering and independent. So I feel like part of picking my own nickname is changing everything by myself, it also means freedom to me..."
We all have a name that subsequently has a story. Here is Lisa's name story.
Directed, shot and edited by Antoinette Brock