Susan Buret
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Portraits of the Unknown.2008.

These are the portraits of the foreign, of those who arrive at a border, inadequately described by their identity documents, hoping to find a safe new home.

Shredded identity documents overlay anonymous egg shaped faces and are over stamped with patterns suggesting the domestic environment.

The works look at two often opposing ideas of domestic security - the ideas of home, the safe haven we make unique with furnishings and patterns we apply to walls and floors and, the idea of national domestic security where our borders are protected by the rigorous enforcement of rules governing conditions of entry.

For images of more recent work please visit my blog

One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
Diplomatic Reception. There are Stars on the Ceiling
View From Behind the Wire