Pictured is a documentation of saldaña’s portrait taken by the Performance Studies department at NYU. Students were photographed at the beginning of classes as a gesture of “welcome”, but also for surveillance purposes. The portraits were printed with names, pinned to a cork board, and kept in a glass case in the hallway of the department. saldaña wore the administrative numeration or ID# assigned by the institution as a nameplate for the days of “orientation”.This portrait was on display for the duration of their time as a student affecting performance throughout. It provided a representation of their “dividuation” as a laboring body within the mass, marking parallels between how bodies are treated in medical institutions, those of education, and incarceration.
Object(s) Among Objects: nameplate numeration dividuation
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