Collaborator on The Francis Effect, a performance by Tania Bruguera.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, part of the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America today
2 months, 106 hours, 1,989 signatures/postcards.
August - September 2014
In performing this project, the artist and collaborators gathered signatures on postcards addressed to Pope Francis, requesting that he grant Vatican City citizenship to all undocumented immigrants and refugees as a concrete gesture of support beyond charity and protection in the form of legal status.
Participation is also available through the project’s website. As of January 2015, the project has gathered 14,500 signatures from participants living in 190 countries.
By appropriating the form of petition, the project addresses a fundamental practice for civic engagement and political rights that are denied to immigrants and refugees. The broad aim of the project is to challenge public perceptions of immigration by responding to recent shifts in world culture. Through this project, Bruguera has created a unique relationship with the audience of the work, engaging in direct conversations on the street outside museum spaces.
To complete the project, Bruguera has written a letter to Pope Francis requesting an audience to deliver the postcards in person. So far, he hasn’t written back.
Photos by Miao Jiaxin