Cellfie Studio Lab

(2017 - ongoing) lab equipment including glass slides, microscopes, dimensions variable 

The Cellfie Studio Lab is a component of a body of work called What is the Color of your Blood?  which explores identity and belonging.  The Cellfie Studio Lab invites visitors to take a cellfie, a microscopic blood photograph and consider their relationship to it.  The impetus for this work was born out of my own misunderstanding of my identity; being a woman from Dutch parents growing up in Kenya was confusing. I understand how little I know of the constructed identities and related power dynamics that I am part of. Working with blood illustrated the paradox of identity for me; we have outer differences, but on the level of our red blood cells we are more than 99.7% similar. This lab is a collaboration between the public, biology students and the Jayne Raper Lab at Hunter College.