Passport Workshop — Grace

Citizenship is physically represented by passports. We, as a society, have agreed to place importance on government created regulations and borders, and thus, place importance on passports. However, the act of making my own passport emphasized its actual insignificance. In reality, passports are just paper, much like other important documents, like money, for example. In a short time, I handmade my own passport. Tintin Wulia asked me, “What is citizenship?” To which we eventually agreed that it is a membership, and thus, has the capability of not only including members, but excluding those who are not members. Citizenship is arbitrary, yet creates identity distinctions and limits humans. Hannah Arendt created her own document of identity, to conform to government regulations, despite being stateless.

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