The Migration Skin - Igor Ponosov

The Migration Skin, 2023.

Igor Ponosov ( Russia )

The project is a set of artifacts of the process of applying for a German visa and residence permit. Since October 2022, for a year, the artist has been collecting documents, which included notarized translations of Russian original papers, letters of intent from German organizations, questionnaires and certificates of language proficiency.
“The Migration Skin” is a visualization of the state when papers become more important than the person himself, his experiences and individual achievements. This project is based on personal experience, but concerns everyone who finds themselves in a situation of relocation, migration or flight.
Especially for the project, the artist designs stamps that mark copies of documents, IDs and maps, thereby creating the illusion that the viewer is presented with the originals of non-existent bureaucratic system.