A rough history (of the destruction of fingerprints)

A rough history (of the destruction of fingerprints)
Director: Ayesha Hameed

United Kingdom, 2015, experimental documentary, 10 minutes, english with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

a rough history (of the destruction of fingerprints) is a film essay by Ayesha Hameed, artist, film director and academic, which explores the traces left behind by human activity: following Walter Benjamin, one of Hameed‘s main areas of study, “to live means to leave traces”. The film looks at the coalescence of skin and data in the collection and destruction of fingerprints in the EURODAC - the European Asylum Dactiloscopy Database. This information is crucial to the decision of whose asylum applications get accepted and who is rejected. The artist looks at the life and circulation of the image of the fingerprint and the different life of the fingerprint attached to a body that produces that image. This is a speculative history that travels from border checks to early gestures in film.

About the director:

Dr Ayesha Hameed is a writer and artist who explores historical and contemporary borders and migration in her research. She has been a contributor for various journals and books and has presented her research at the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the European Capital of Culture in Guimarães and the Städelschule. Hameed has also received fellowships and grants from Cornell University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Concordia University, Canada Council for the Arts and FRQSC amongst others. a rough history (of the destruction of fingerprints) has been exhibited as part of Forensic Architecture at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, at Social Glitch at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich Vienna and at Pavilion in Leeds. She is currently Lecturer in Visual Cultures and Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University, London.