Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Fake ID, 2017



   MATERIALS: Contents of participants’ pockets or wallets and the willingness to imagine a new identity, copier, self-healing plastic, paper shredders, stamp, paper, secrets, folding table.

    Fake ID invites visitors to empty their pockets of materials containing information that determines currency, credit, access, membership, and citizenship status. Through a process of exchange and inquiry with each participant, the facilitator deconstructs photocopies of their documents—school IDs, transportation passes, credit cards, and licenses—to create a new identification card. Through human exchange, Ramírez Jonas aims to enunciate the possibilities of self-determined constructions of identity within the limits of the data cation imposed by state, corporate, and social systems.