Everything is Foreign

By Karrie Fransman

Karrie Fransman’s graphic piece ‘Everything is Foreign’ is part of the International Literature Showcase’s ‘Crossing Borders’ series.

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‘Everything is Foreign’ illustrates the innate foreignness of our own country, the objects in our homes and even the genes in our bodies. This self-portrait illustrates all the parts of Karrie’s house, body and language that are ‘foreign’, and objects imported or invented as ideas from foreign countries that have crossed borders into British homes. Karrie herself has genes from parents and grandparents who crossed borders from Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Holland to South Africa and into Britain. We are all foreign.

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