Madre, Residente y Ciudadana
(Mother, Resident and Citizen)
Mixed Media
2017
In response to a consideration of themes of visibility, I am considering the visibility of immigrants within the structure of government identification and paperwork. I show my mother’s real Florida driver’s license which is a legitimization of her identity as a US citizen. Yet, the shapes of a fragmented permanent resident document obstruct this document, bringing her citizenship and her hypothetical resident status to the same level of visibility. Through the fictional resident card I want to highlight how an immigrant, despite becoming naturalized, can still face conflicts with visibility and power as their identity is still very much linked to paperwork.
Self Portrait of my Flaws

2018