Kasia Ozga, Undocumented Fingerprint, The Mission Projects Gallery, May-June 2014
This site-specific wall drawing of a fingerprint was created using brown packaging tape. The fingerprint belongs to a Chicago-area undocumented immigrant involved in immigrant rights activism, who collaborated on the piece after the artist put a call out to the groups Undocumented Illinois and IYJL. This work addresses issues of belonging and shared space in a social context where immigrants are often labelled as foreigners undeserving of the rights held dear by Americans born in the US. Usually easy to overlook, the tiny fingerprint is blown up in size to act as evidence of the owners' presence. Tape streaming from the fingerprint takes over the gallery space to assert that immigrants have a right to be here and existing citizens have a responsibility to welcome them and appreciate their contributions.