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TED Found in Translation Sessions: Hetain Patel

In his compelling stage works, Hetain Patel uses powerful imagery and storytelling to examine questions of identity.

As a child, Patel wanted to be Bruce Lee; later, he wanted to be more like his father, with a different kind of bravery. From this question, his new show Be Like Water examines shifting identities of all kinds, using dance and bold imagery to power a story of self-examination and self-creation.

On the TEDGlobal 2013 stage, Patel plays with our preconceptions of identity and authenticity. “My artwork is about identity and leverage,” he says. “Challenging common assumptions on how we look or where we come from. Gender, race, class. What makes us who we are anyway?”

In the TED Found in Translation session following his talk, Hetain and a global panel of TED translators explore how the languages we speak affect the way we behave. Watch the session now and then continue the conversation on TED Conversations.


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