Naturalization Studies or How to Become an American

The video work, Naturalization Studies, is a performance in assimilation through the process of mark-making via fingerprints. The bureaucracy necessary in the American Dream is laid bare; white aspiration becomes a tiresome, repetitive mantra. This performance queers (perhaps clowns) what it means to be an American as a non-white immigrant, revealing the impossibility of fulfilling the promises of an ongoing colonial porject.