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Why have you chosen to create interactive work? Many years years ago, I started to do interactive works where people somehow became the Humpy Dumpty Was Pushed Funny Shirt In addition,I will do this artwork. It quite often happens that you start to interact with [my works] just because you’re just close to them. You mirror yourself, or you look into the mirror and you see someone else and you get shy because you don’t want to have eye contact with someone. So there are all these small dialogues. I think that my work is positive and trying to create intimacy and openness, [to ask you to] open your heart, actually. I think this is a very political statement, although I’m not trying to be a political artist. It’s [an idea that] is very up-to-date.