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Small Identities

Small Identities

2017 – ongoing

ID photos of Muslim immigrants on ceramic tiles

Dimensions variable (108 tiles, as of December 2020)


In 2017, president Trump issued an Executive Order to ban travel to the United States from several predominantly-Muslim countries. Through personal conversations and invitations, I began collecting ID photos of Muslim immigrants in the U.S., including my own, and of my family, relatives, friends, and colleagues that are Muslim immigrants in the U.S. Interested in drawing connections between home, architecture, and othering of this community, I transfer the ID photos onto Islamic-shaped tiles, leaving a blank tile for each individual who chooses not to submit due to fear of violence. To excavate the complexities around disclosure, I am now collecting anonymous interviews with these individuals to create an oral history archive. These interviews are shared via a parametric speaker in front of the blank tiles.

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