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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

T. Kim-Trang Tran

Reader 2

Nancy Macko

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2019 Miriam E Bankier


Filled with national symbols, stamps and basic identifying information, a passport can obscure the humanity behind the individual passport holder, inverting it from a symbol of citizenship and belonging to one of marginalization and xenophobia. In today’s political climate, the meaning of art has become intersected with politics and the law. Using the very tools and some processes of passport production, i.e. mixed media and printmaking techniques, my work responds to and disrupts the bureaucracy and impersonal settings involving passports and identification documents. I draw from my own experiences and privilege as having Austrian, Italian, and American citizenship, as well as being a first-generation immigrant to the United States. Passe Pas: Rethinking the Passport seeks to push the viewer to ask questions about their own citizenship and where they feel a sense of belonging.

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