Do You Want to Marry Me? is a project about my immigration process to the United States.
I first came to the U.S. as a visitor when Obama was president, then as an immigrant in Trump´s administration. Because my view shifted from observer to participant, I examine my extent of involvement and find my way as an artist here. My belief is that one can measure individual freedoms in civilization by looking at its art.
This project will define American culture from the perspective of an immigrating person. Through immersing myself in everyday life in the West and at the same time exploring the vast country and its people, I involved myself in various communities and processed the encounters and affections through my art.
Why America? In 2013 I met an American woman in Moldova. By fall 2015 we married in Switzerland and were living in Germany. Last year, in 2017, after our dog passed away unexpectedly, we went through deep grief. My wife went back home to heal and I followed her shortly thereafter. After a month in the U.S. on a tourist visa, we decided to start my application for permanent residency. I will have to wait over 20 months for my Green Card, they said, assuming I will receive it. Now I´m a Green Card holder for half a year, sticking around in the West for two years exactly.
© 2020 by Chasper Senn