Born in U.S and A - 2007

This work is a photomontage taken from Diane Arbus’ photographic series “American Boy”. The image was displayed on a wall in Tirana during US president George Bush’s visit to Albania. The title reflects the shifting of the meaning from the image (Arbus/Zeneli) and the words (US and A as Albany). The work delicately touches on the question of identity, pointing out that identity is a personal position not necessarily related to a geographic location. Likewise, individual identity involves the time in which one lives and one’s own metaphorical trace in space: a cultural question rather than a link to a defined ethnicity or a political national definition.

Born in U. S and A, 2007, photo printing banner, 200 x 200.