CM: Constantinos Pardalis' Self is a photograph from a series of self-portraits which seek the identity of the 'I' in time. This photograph records the period in time during which the artist's head turns around in a state of panic, with the mouth gaping in an expression of pain, scream and agony. The Self appears threatening in order to protect its innocence, which is increasingly lost through the passing of time. It is an inner defence for whatever remains of selfhood. It is a self that protects one self. However, behind the threatening surface there is the original self and its purity. The red of fire suggest that everything is at risk. The appearance of the self is in flames with the power of the mask he has constructed. Actually, Pardalis’ self-portraits describe the human condition, where the self is one with its mask, and they need not separate, because in fact this relationship is vivifying. The mask has a metaphysical quality which helps the self materialize its fantasy.