The Shapeless Shapes of the World  |  Dec 2017
Story, Illustration, Design

The tragic and hopeful story of statelessness told by shapes


A Stateless person is a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law. Today, at least 10 million people around the world are stateless. 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.”

Advisors: Jacqueline Bhabha, Phuong Pham in GHP 262: Emerging Issues in Humanitarian Response and Human Rights Protection at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Fall 2017.

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