For visual artist Balta (Anne-marie Durand) born in France and living in the Netherlands, issues like mother tongue, manners, habits etc. can no longer be taken for granted. This personal perspective produces a new view of the self and of the world. Calling things differently means looking differently. Driven by a fascination with language, with cultural identity and its dynamics, Balta creates works with various layers of meaning. Her work investigates factors which are playing a rol in cultural identity. To quote a French politician : " un Allemand, ce n'est pas un Fran├žais qui parle allemand" (A German is not a French who speaks german).