© 2019 by Sobia Ahmad

Remove and Dissolve

Photos by Susannah Stevens

Remove and Dissolve

2018

Engraved acrylic, ink, water, cloth

33 pieces, 3.5x5 in. each (Standard passport size)

Engravings are a poem that was created using text directly from the Supreme Court decision on President Trump's Travel Ban. 

In June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Executive Order, which bans travel to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries. While reading the official Case Syllabus and Opinion of the Court, I was struck by the violent and dehumanizing language used to describe those who are not U.S. citizens. Through this work, I ask: Who bears the weight of and who bears witness to injustice? “Remove and Dissolve” not only refers to the current administration’s treatment of immigrants and refugees, but also invites the viewers to dissolve these words in water. The words may become ghostly, but they will remain engraved. Similarly, Supreme Court rulings can be overturned, but the impact of such historical events is long lasting.

                                                                                                                     

Instructions:

Remove, dissolve, and replace the acrylic panels.

Traverse (The Problem of Aliens)

2019

Video excerpt with sound (Full video RT 5:18)

Slip opinion

2019

Engraved acrylic with metal fixtures (Text: from the 2018 Supreme Court ruling on the Travel Ban) 

12 x 9 in.