Patchwork identities on the matter of migration and stereotypes
This project discusses the topic of immigration, identities and clichés. Identities are highly complex and always diverse whereas clichés are the embodiment of simplification. In view of immigration, more and more people have patchwork identities which are often encountered with prejudices by others. To visualize this issue Various & Gould have produced portraits of well known personalities with migration background.
Based on a technique known from children’s books, faces and words are horizontally cut into strips enabling to rearrange them in endless variations. There are numerous different options – some make sense, some do not, but most invoke images confronting the viewer with own stereotypes and clichés.
“By montaging various, also gender-connoted, details of portraits and text fragments […] in a silkscreening process, they contradict superﬁcial identitarian notions of the construction of the subject. Some details offer possibilities for identiﬁcation; others do not, leading to an interrogation of phantasms of identiﬁcation.”Sønke Gau & Katharina Schlieben, catalogue “Help!”, Museum of Design Zurich, 2009