Identity Politics

Identity Politics is an audiovisual art installation that questions the relationship between self and nation through a figurative flag (represented by a video projection) and the sculptural object of a flag pole. The video projection portrays human forms tangled in the colors of the U.S. flag, in perpetual actions and reactions. The nationalist colors constrain the figures and mask their underlying identity.

This installation is on the grounds of a former United States Immigration and Naturalization Service building. Questions of nationality surround not only the installation but the building itself and those who were strategically denied citizenship or detained within the walls for long expanses of time. The flag pole is gold, which refers to the millions of dollars the city made off of the Klondike Gold Rush just two decades ago, when the purpose of the building was to process and assess the value of gold brought in by miners from Alaska.