How do we define cultural, social, and emotional identity? What influences their creation? Throughout her oeuvre, the artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar circles these questions, while at the same drawing upon the twentieth century’s artistic and social subcultures. One major element of Teeth, Gums, Machines, Future, Society (the name of her exhibition, performance and catalogue) are so-called grills- dental jewelry made of precious metals. They are almost like relics in rap and hip-hop culture and have thus become status symbols. As a white, European, female artist who has adopted grills, Dewar not only wants to confront questions about cultural appropriation and its legitimation, but she also aims to expand the theme to include the cyborg, as the blend of human, machine and nature, in which normative boundaries such as class, race, and gender recede into the background.