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Michele Jaquis: 2013-14 Faculty Development Grant Report


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In Spring 2014 I received an Otis Faculty Development Grant, which covered the cost of mounting 26 light jet prints on 8x10” wood panels.

“26 Passports” is a series of digitally manipulated scans of my expired passport in which I edited out my face, surname and signature replacing them with a social- media-like avatar and common surnames (with new signatures to match) from a range of cultures around the world, one for each letter of the English alphabet. This involved extensive anthroponymastic research in the global practices of family naming, and detailed PhotoShop work including recreating the colors, textures and font from the original passport. The project invites viewers to imagine how their perceptions of what this person looks like might change based on her surname. It was conceived of in response to often being told "You don't look Jewish; your last name isn't Jewish," but also references the racial profiling of our post 9/11 era.

--Michele Jaquis
Assistant Professor, Integrated Learning / Creative Action
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies & Artists, Community and Teaching

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26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate

26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate

26 Passports Installation Detail View Angels Gate

Detailed View of 26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate