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. Some of the core questions that guide this artistic research are: What does it mean to be a citizen? What is citizenship? What is the meaning of belonging? How do we perform the transition from immigrant to citizen? How thin is the line between the two?
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: Whose history is being told? Is my history included? Is your history? 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 curated citizenship test, are being curated and collected into a study set of 100 flash cards, modeled on the current flash card study set distributed by the U.S. government.