An Itch You Can't Scratch

 An Itch You Can’t Scratch is a series of photographs in which various visa subclass categories are depicted as irritations on the body. The series was made in the context of heightening scrutiny around migrant work rights in the lead up to the 2016 cancellation of the 457 work-sponsored visa. Each individual in the series is an immigrant who has experienced the burdensome process of acquiring an Australian visa. The physicality of the anonymised bodies conveys the feeling of dehumanisation and lack of control that often accompanies this increasingly restrictive bureaucratic process.

 © 2019 by Sasha Mishkin