AUFENTHALTSGESTTATUNG

Acrylic, steel, cable, glass, hand-dyed cotton, hand-spun wool, shredded paper, light, thread.
96 x 72 x 36 IN | 244 x 183 x 91 CM
2016

Application for German asylum to the Das Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) or Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Here, I answered questions required of asylum seekers to Germany while on residency in Berlin as dictated by the Das Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) or Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. I answer the questions such as “Have you ever been persecuted because of your background?” or “Where are you from?” with cotton handdyed with indigo, handspun wool soaked with tears, shredded journals, maps and passport copies. In a future world where federal employees processing applications for asylum have the training necessary to read such artworks as documents - my choice of cash crops (cotton, indigo), wool from a farm in Northern California, and map fragments tracing the outline of unceded Tsalagiyi Detsadanilvgi territories would speak volumes about past and present experiences of genocide, racial terrorism, social marginalization and displacement in the US.