The Shapeless Shapes of the World  |  Dec 2017

Storytelling, Illustration, Graphic Design


A Stateless person is a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law1. In simple terms, this means that a stateless person does not have a nationality of any country.

Today, at least 10 million people around the world are stateless, which is roughly one in every 750 people in the world. A child is born stateless every ten minutes. Statelessness exists in every region of the world, but remains a largely “hidden.”

Statelessness is the most acute violation of the right to a nationality, a well-entrenched principle of international human rights law. It’s a forceful, inhumane, and illegal removal and denial of one’s nationality.

I wanted to communicate the injustice, absurdity, and urgency of statelessness and generate meaningful conversations and actions towards eradicating statelessness once and for all. By using simple geometric shapes I highlight the contradiction of recognizing someone as human, yet stripping away of all the essential rights that constitute “being human.”

This book was created as an independent project in GHP 262: Emerging Issues in Humanitarian Response and Human Rights Protection at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Fall 2017.
Advised by Jacqueline Bhabha and Phuong Pham.

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