Form N-X00: New Forms of Citizenship
© Giuditta Vendrame, Photo by Paolo Patelli Form N-X00 is part of the US Pavilion of the 2018 Venice Biennale. This exhibition examines what exactly citizenship means in modern America. The name of the series, N-X00, is also the name of the form for an application for naturalization to the United …
Form N-X00 is part of the US Pavilion of the 2018 Venice Biennale. This exhibition examines what exactly citizenship means in modern America. The name of the series, N-X00, is also the name of the form for an application for naturalization to the United States.
“Revisiting the bureaucratic application for naturalization to the US, Form N-600, this series asks an international group of architects, designers, writers, artists, and thinkers to contribute their thoughts on how inclusion and exclusion are spatially constructed. By interrogating, speculating, and reflecting on different scales of belonging, this growing collection provokes and expands our current understanding of citizenship.”
The works range from a building to a screenshot to a photograph taken under a microscope. They are truly fascinating and tackle a wide range of obscure and well-known social issues as well as the fabric of human society. I included descriptions of some of them below, but there are many more incredible pieces of art in the series (view and read about them here).
Zahra Jewanjee, a Pakistani artist, was conceptually inspired by a colony of cells, and the fact that they can expand from one single cell. It effectively functions together, causing contemplation concerning the organization of human society.
What is the Purpose of your visit?- A journey towards the high seas examines the relationship between states, individuals, and territories. The artist, Giuditta Vendrame, collected 50 liters of water from the high seas of the Mediterranean, where no country can claim sovereignty. She then shipped it to the Netherlands. The artist described it as a “moveable exception zone… an embassy without nationality.”
Maria Gasper used Google Earth to tour the largest jail in the country, Cook County Jail, which just happens to be located near her childhood home. Some of the architecture was visible, but some of the jail is left out of the image produced. Her piece Wretched and Paramount “captures what is left out in the modeling algorithm, an ambiguity and erasure paralleling America’s relationship to over-incarceration.”
Panos Dragonas and Varvara Christopoulou are the founders of an Athenian studio, Dragonas and Christopoulou Architects. Their series Golden Room created digital images of properties in Athens that cost 250,000€. It is a commentary of the “Golden Visa” program implemented in 2013, where people can apply for a European Visa if they invest a minimum of that amount in real estate.
Waiting Room of Democracy examines the necessity of patience and listening to others in a functioning democracy. In the waiting room, two people are randomly paired to speak and listen.
“This waiting room puts things in a state of temporary suspension while two strangers patiently discuss what it takes for citizens to live with each other. As other waiting rooms, this room is not an end in itself. Nevertheless, it is a necessary means for reestablishing the most essential quality for citizenship to continue to exist in times of instant gratification and simulation.”
Chris Cornelius is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Even though Oneida is a sovereign nation, Cornelius needs a US passport to travel abroad. In his art, he questions the repercussions of colonialism in the modern world.
Vault, another work in the exhibit, examines death and burial. Burial attaches a person permanently to a particular place, and how while citizenship differentiates people, eventually “time renders us all the same.”