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Self Monitoring Analysis Reporting Technologies

I-140 (2009-11, 6:10 min)
From the statement:

I-140 describes artists Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones’ five-year-long, $40,000 struggle to keep Talisman legally in the US. The video shows the couple holding hand-made signs on the side of Californian highways as traffic drives blindly by. Each sign describes a step in their struggle with the US immigration services. Their story is most especially ironic as Talisman’s own mother (and grandmother) are US citizens. If the couple were heterosexual Talisman would immediately be granted Hibbert-Jones’ US citizenship. Talisman and Hibbert-Jones have been working collaboratively for the last five years. They have continuously worked on Talisman’s immigration case for that same period. Despite active art careers their struggle with the US Immigration Services has been the major, key and foremost labor they have been engaged in during that time. Most recently Talisman applied to stay in the US under the I-140 Artist of Extraordinary Ability category; despite legal assurances that the case was strong it was rejected by an USCIS clerk in Nebraska based on “insufficient evidence.” NOTE: At the time of production, my visa application status was 'pending', and the process was still under $40,000...

Commissions and large scale projects

Sign, I-140, 2009
  • Pending
  • Strong Case
  • Married
  • Not Enough
  • Installtion
  • HIV Test
  • Rockwell

Status is Pending, photographic print, 2009

We have a Strong Case, photographic print, 2009

We can't get married, photographic print, 2009

Not Extraordinary Enough, photographic print, 2009

Installation view of cardboard signs, Worth Ryder Aty Gallery, 2011

HIV Test, cardboard sign, 2009

I am the Norman Rockwell of New media, hand made sign (cardboard, paper, ink and Acrylic paint), 2009.


For video clip
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