2020
niall ashley

acrylic, oil stick, spray paint and screen print on canvas mounted on wooden supports
151.8 x 182.3 cm

subconsciously, we uphold a visual idea of how a citizen of a state looks. despite the Law of Blood and Law of Soil, a marginalised group expected to fight wars and stand as an essential worker is merely a pseudo-citizen. when a person is subdued to racial abuse and proclaims "I was born here!", the abuser doesn't even acknowledge the factual statement. as if their citizenship is only performative. should their obligation to protect their state of residence also be performative? a pseudo-citizen pseudo-serving their pseudo-state.