DACALOGUE


In 2012, President Barack Obama passed an executive order that granted temporary protection from deportation and work permits to over 800,000 undocumented immigrants that were brought to the United States as children. In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was ending the program and phasing out deportation protections for its beneficiaries, also known as Dreamers.


DACALOGUE is a critical study of immigration media as it pertains to the artist's experience with the DACA program. The series is premised on the idea that an immigration system is a medium much in the same way that television or electric power can be considered a medium. States exercise authority of human migration through a regime of media in the form of visas, passports, work permits, IDs, Health Documents, as well as biometric data and information captured from state and private surveillance. In the medium of immigration, the bodies and labor of immigrants become mere content; while the message is one of exclusion from a normalized national identity. Immigration media has its own aesthetics of biopolitical control defined through anti-counterfeit design and biometric capture technologies. Immigration media is also colored by a poetics of authorization and punishment. Using scanography, DACALOGUE paints the contradictions between the actual living person of an immigrant artist and the sanctioned personhood afforded by state authorities.

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