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, graffiti artist Peap Tarr talks about being born during a time of war and how that influenced his mother's decision to name him 'Samapeap' a sanskrit word that means equality. The war in Cambodia not only influenced his place of birth but his cultural upbringing and as a result his approach and aesthetic of his artwork as well. "When my mom gave birth to me, she chose the name Samapeap, because at that time with everything going on...there was a Vietnam war, there was a war in Cambodia and so much stuff was happening, atleast in SE Asia, and I think she just wanted peace really and she felt all people are born equal or everyone has the same rights, you know? She believed in all those virtues of human rights and so that's how I got the name."
We all have a name that subsequently has story. Here is Peap's name story.
Directed, shot and edited by Antoinette Brock.