ERIC RANDALL MARKUS
TIMOTHY JAMES BERGERON
XIAN MARIE AZU-BOLES
I Was Therefore I Am Not
Adoption is part of my biography. I was adopted, but I am not adopted. Adoption is not a permanent state. People who joined their families via C-sections, for example, are not judged on this fact for the rest of their lives. Nevertheless, I am often confronted with assumptions based on my adoption background and the biological, ethnic, and cultural intersections emerging from this fact. My work will explore this phenomenon through mixed media. Disclaimer: every individual who was adopted has a different story and I can only tell mine.
My name is Valentina, I am Swiss, I am 5ft2 and I am a graphic design student with an American accent.
I would like to make some of the assumptions made about me because I was adopted come to life. Popular presumptions usually regard my connection to my family, genetic or otherwise, and my ethnic and cultural identity. I have fielded questions ranging from, “who are your real parents?”, “you must be good at Bollywood dancing,” to “you don’t look Swiss.”
Using DNA structures, paper art, and video, my digital and physical work aims to reflect the experience of having my identity questioned and determined by others based on my adoption background.