Race Through the Census, Nicky Enright, 12"x9" artist book, 2013
A quick journey through the ever-changing race questions on U.S. Census forms, from the first census, in 1790, to the present, this artist book reveals the evolution of America’s official racial categories. It demonstrates America’s obsession with, and confusion about, racial classification. This work highlights the construct of race by showing exactly how we have been thinking, officially - inside the checkbox of restrictive categories. It is about how Americans have dealt with, and continue to deal with, the diversity of identity.