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US Citizenship Test Sampler

Partially completed US Citizenship Test Sampler, by Aram Han Sifuentes. Partially completed US Citizenship Test Sampler, by Aram Han Sifuentes.

The US Citizenship Test Sampler is a project begun in 2012 by the fibre artist, Aram Han Sifuentes (Chicago). It involves stitching a sampler with all of the one hundred questions and answers that are used for the US Citizenship and Naturalization test.

Han’s sampler is made from a 7.62 m long piece of linen and worked with cotton threads. When completed, the embroidered work will be sold for US$ 680, the costs of applying for naturalization. Han, an immigrant from South Korea, has stated that she will apply for US citizenship only if the sampler sells, thus allowing others to decide “if I’ve proven my worthiness of becoming a citizen.” Han is recording how many hours of work is going into the sampler: as by mid-2015, she has embroidered 53 questions, which represent over 250 hours of work. In this manner she hopes to show how both needlework and immigrant labour are undervalued in US society.

Han is currently a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC, USA).

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Digital source of illustration (retrieved 20th March 2017).

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Last modified on Sunday, 21 May 2017 16:21