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  • ID Card, Old Ad Diriyah
    Mandrile, Cecilia, born 1969
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ID Card, Old Ad Diriyah

  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 2002 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mandrile, Cecilia, born 1969 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital ink-jet print on archival paper, offset lithography, plastic wallet

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 216

Cecilia Mandrile uses her computer as a portable studio and, with her printer, she can work anywhere, from airport lounge to bus station. Since leaving Argentina in her 20s she has travelled widely and her work addresses themes of homelessness and itineracy.

From 2002 to 2004 Mandrile made a set of ‘ID’ cards. She sees the letters ‘ID’ as standing not for ‘Identity’ but for ‘Intensively Displaced’, referring to the way in which many migrants are under pressure to leave their homeland and are constantly forced to move from place to place.

The cards imitate tourist snapshots and feature home-made dolls incorporating computer-manipulated self-portraits (see Museum no. E.214:1-2005). Their sorrowful, shadowy features, bandaged heads and bleak surroundings remind the viewer that these snapshots show neither comfortable homes nor exotic holiday resorts but simply places where migrants make do with scant resources.

Physical description

Double sided folding wallet containing an image of a bandaged doll's head on the left with a printed caption I-D intensively displaced; and on the right the same doll lying in a hole in the earth.


ca. 2002 (made)


Mandrile, Cecilia, born 1969 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Digital ink-jet print on archival paper, offset lithography, plastic wallet

Marks and inscriptions

Signed on the back of the wallet on the left hand lower corner in silver ink.

'Old Diryah 1/3'
Inscribed on the right side


Height: 7.1 cm wallet, Width: 21 cm wallet, open, Height: 5.5 cm card on left side of wallet, Width: 8.4 cm card on left side of wallet, Height: 5.6 cm card on right side of wallet, Width: 8.6 cm card on right side of wallet

Object history note

Ad Diriyah is a city in Saudi Arabia where the artist spent some months teaching, ca. 2003.

Descriptive line

Folded identity card wallet by Cecilia Mandrile containing two images of dolls in different locations in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.


Printing ink; Paper; Plastic


Inkjet printing

Subjects depicted

Alienation; Migrancy; Identity


Dolls & Toys; Installation art; Portraits; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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