אזרח | Citizen 100
Collaborator: Jordan Rosenblum
CITIZEN | 100 is a critical exploration of citizenship and the nature of belonging in in the United States today. Specifically, it is an institutional critique of the U.S. naturalization process and the 100-question oral exam administered as part of that process.
Using the 100 questions that the US government has determined to be the essential knowledge base necessary in order to be/come a citizen of the US, this project asks: What does it mean to be a citizen? What is citizenship? What is the meaning of belonging? Whose history is being told? How does knowing the answers to these questions secure a new citizen’s success in this country? Is there another set of questions that may tell a broader history or serve a new U.S. citizen more fully? What questions might the public curate?
Through the experience of taking the standard 100-question test, followed by critical dialogue, participant collaborators go on to "rewrite" the examination by formulating questions for a Citizen 100 exam sourced from a singular guiding prompt: “What question should US citizenship applicants be asked?” The Citizen 100 questions, a publicly generated citizenship test, are being curated and collected into a study set of 100 flash cards, modeled on the current flash card study set formulated and disseminated by the U.S. government. The completed card sets will be distributed, with a publication, to the participating collaborators as well as other relevant cultural and social institutions.