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Print - ID Card, Bath.

ID Card, Bath.

  • Object:

    Print

  • 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:

    E.217-2005

  • 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.

Here a doll is shown against the background of a 17th-century building in the historical city of Bath in the United Kingdom.

Physical description

double sided folding wallet containing on the left an image of a doll's head with a fragment of carved wood sewn to its crown with a printed caption ID intensively displaced; and on the right the same doll set on a block of stone in the foreground, with background of a 17th-century building in Bath with spires and turreted urns, and an archway.

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

Marks and inscriptions

signed on the back of the wallet on the left hand lower corner in silver ink Mandrile and inscribed on the right side Bath 1/3

Dimensions

Height: 7.1 cm wallet, Width: 21 cm 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

Descriptive line

Folded identity card wallet by Cecilia Mandrile containing two images of dolls in different locations in Bath. Great Britain, 1998.

Production Note

One of a set of 30 cards from 'The Perfume of Absence' series

Materials

Printing ink; Paper; Plastic

Techniques

Inkjet printing

Subjects depicted

Migrancy; Identity; Alienation

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Installation art; Portraits; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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