Work > Passports

The series, "Passports" is an ongoing project where I repeatedly reinterpret my father's earliest passport photo. I am interested in the aesthetics of a passport photo as an identifier, the guidelines that inform how one positions and presents oneself within the frame, and how the image functions as an emblem of territorial subjecthood. Through an interrogative process, I re-imagine the image of my father to forge a dialogue with the image. I use collage, paint, and other materials to dislodge and unearth the latent histories and narratives present within the archival image. In each piece, I respond to the transformative effects of immigration and question the syncretic nature of becoming American. I choose to display the images within clear, archival sleeves to resist the reading of the image as a framed object, but rather a constellation of evidence that present variable identities.