AlieNation is a photographic installation focusing on patterns of movement. I was interested in capturing time-lapse star trails to suggest the passing of time and a macro perspective over San Francisco, which historically has been a major immigration hub.


Surrounding the San Francisco nightscape are ten strips measuring 10 inches X 60 inches. Each strip consists of a different star-trail direction to suggest the diversity of migration patterns and experiences. Operating on a different trajectory are sets of immigration laws which run counter to the human reality of migration.


On a micro perspective, my intention is to show how the interpretation of one law can influence the passing of another, and gradually creates a system. Each set of laws corresponds to a particular time in US history. To juxtapose the history of immigration law, the installation is to be paired with audio testimonies of the “alien” experience.