Article 15

Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Kristine Berg

About my work

In one country, citizenship may be determined by where one was born; in another country, it may be determined by to whom one was born. While blood and soil make up our identities and our place in the world, I believe it is an emotional sense of Home that determines my loyalties and citizenship. We are all part of the blood and the soil of this world.

As a US expat living in South Africa, I was struck by the arbitrariness of citizenship and how privileged myself and my family are to hold passports, to be able to travel from one country to another, and especially to know how to navigate the bureaucratic systems which can be so baffling to immigrants. 

Blood, soil: we are all born with the same desire to live the best we can.

- Kristine Berg

Kristine Berg

About me

Kristine Berg has worked in theatre, film, and television as a prop-maker, prop master, costume craftsmaker and costume textile artist for over 40 years. An American citizen, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband in 2006, and has been committed to introducing and mentoring talented people who had been unaware of the career potential of their creativity. She has worked on projects in Nigeria, Morocco, Qatar and Hungary, as well as South Africa and the United States, which has given her the opportunity to collaborate with people from a variety of cultures. She is hoping to eventually divide her time between Cape Town and Oregon, and to concentrate on creating her own voice as a mixed-materials textile artist.

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