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I-140

I-140 explores issues of inequality and civil rights in immigration
policies. We include this project as it explores themes of public/ private lives in ways that are conceptually parallel to our other project – but this time, it is our own personal story.  Our interest is to explore methods of coping and to communicate the emotional impact of each individual’s testimony.
I-140  shows the artist-couple holding hand-made signs on the side of highways, describing their seven year-long, $40,000 struggle to keep Talisman legally in the US. The work utilizes static, full body
shots in a landscape/ environment to highlight the powerlessness, passivity, isolation and endless waiting involved in immigration proceedings, as well as the public/ private contradictions inherent in
their situation.