Daylight is a natural source that stimulates the existence of humanity. Not only does it support the mental state of a being, it also feeds the physical state of the human body with vitamin D.
Excessive sunlight comes with various consequences; there are individuals that deliberately avoid it. It causes allergic reactions, rashes, cancer and ageing. There are people that are born with the absence of melanin and live every day of their lives avoiding sunlight. These individuals are Albinos; born without pigment in their skin. When exposed to sunlight, their skin becomes permanently marked with freckles, pink moles and lentigines.
But what if we all started as Albino's, without pigmentation in our skin. What if our skin got slightly darker every time we're exposed to the sun. What if every human being started out the same and evolved with the sun. Would it eliminate discrimination, or create a whole different level of it? The boundaries of 'what is' and 'what has to be' inspired us to create a new timeline of evolution.
The name of the project is Kaya, which means, 'skin', 'body' and 'appearance' in the Indian language Sanskrit. We wanted to give this project a human name that would serve the concept in its meaning softly and a little hidden. We created a timeline that illustrates the process of the skin evolution that occurs in our 'what if' fiction. One of our project members posed as a model and was slowly transformed into an Albino woman through make-up and editing. With all the resources that we had we created Kaya together.
Kaya was exhibited in Copenhagen.