anna gburczyk photography


The placement of the photograph in the passport booklet is a formal confirmation of one's ownership of appearance and thus at the same time the identity. This fact makes passport one of the most important and universally used legal instruments in the world. Conditions attached to the appearance such as age, gender, nationality, right to enter or to work shape the behaviour and freedom we are allowed. Despite significant research into finding new, more stable and objective vehicles of confirming that we are who we are the appearance - an image of a face - is still the main one.

The presented images are formed of 10 passport photographs. Parts of the face which are critical in identity recognition: eyes, nose, lips and ears, are employed in a visual, abstract puzzle. A reflection on the subject is withheld, inviting viewers to reflect on how the image is not the person and that we are not what we see(m).