(Automatic Self Portraits of a Tourist...Trying to get an Aufenthaltstitel)
Photo Booths, Biometric Passport Photos
10 by 8cm Each
April 18th to July 1st, 2016
Exhibited: This is a Journey to... Caos Gallery, Venice, Italy (2016)
ICAO NORM documents places I have travelled to throughout Europe through the lens of an automatic passport photo booth. The passport photo captures the tourist in their current physical state upon reaching a city and excludes the attractions that brought them there. By representing the person rather than the idealistic views of the cities which attracted them, these documents of travel signify the movement of a person to and from rather than the places themselves. These portraits are without a photographer; they are rather made using these physical machines whose existence in digital times is justified by the need for identification by our bureaucratic systems. ICAO NORM therefore depicts the self-portrait using this bureaucratic lens: no smiling, eyes aligned, combed-back hair, etc.