In the Severed Roots series I show my interest in ancient stories about the creation of humanity and how it relates to my culture. In this series I chose the story of the creation of Adam and the patriarchal aspects of my society. I see patriarchy as inequality between the sexes and I delete the presence of women in this series to highlight the dominance of the masculine gender in the stories of creation and also in my culture.

According to article number one of United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, “all human beings are born free and equal” (Fetrati 2011, p. 1). In recent decades, the ancient beliefs about human values such as dignity and equality are established as modern human rights. As Whitlock (2007), points out, “Human rights platforms and mechanisms demand accountability on the part of nation states, international organizations, and compassionate individuals, who are prepared to take responsibility for the welfare of others. It draws on a humanist, modernist language of the rights of the individual to dignity, equality, bodily inviolability and freedom, and the responsibilities of citizens to respond compassionately”.