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Finding Barry
Contributor Names
Nolan, Kathleen (Creator, Designer)
Vella, Vincenzo (Thesis advisor)
Summary/Artist's Statement
While researching my family history, I stumbled upon Barry. Barry was my grandfather's adopted brother who ultimately had been ostracized for inquiring about his birth parents. After Barry decided to meet his birth mother, he was disowned by his adoptive parents and was never seen again. "Finding Barry" is a hypothetical indexing system, where adopted children can grow up with a glimpse of their heritage ranging in various degrees based on their type of adoption. Questioning one's identity is not related to the adoptive parent, but an exploration of self. With this system, a child can get a glimpse of who they are, whether it be that their family has a medical history of schizophrenia, or that their maternal great-aunt was a world-famous juggler. Heritage should not be paid for; it is your right to know who you are. A person is not only a birth and death date.
Cards: 300+ cards typed individually on typewriter enclosed in wooden filing box.
Moving Image
Still Image
Course/Degree Information
Program/Degree: Graphic Design BFA
Academic semester: Spring 2021
Program semester: Semester 8
Professor: Vella, Vincenzo
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Designer's Website
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FIT Repository ID: gd_000157


Nolan, K. (2021). Finding Barry. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/15803
Nolan, Kathleen. Finding Barry. 2021. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/15803
Nolan, Kathleen. "Finding Barry." FIT Digital Repository, 2021. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/15803