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The Hybrid’s Portraits 

BFA Thesis Capstone - (Other Works Included: The Linguistic Playlist - The Linguistic Hybrid )

Publication Design

Created Using:
Adobe Photoshop,
Indesign, and Porcreate

Code-Switching (CS) is the link between language and identity, describing bi- and multilingual persons' use of more than one language within a single interaction or conversational turn. Those who practice this phenomenon are more likely to come from two distinct ethnic or cultural backgrounds, and often are struggling to find where they belong. Their unique use of language constructs their "hybrid identity."

Hybrid identity is defined as someone with different cultural masks, all while being the same individual — the union of all within one. By using different languages between conversations, they are utilizing specific identities within themselves that they are claiming.

The Linguistic Hybrid is a vibrant visual narrative about this duality embedded in 40% of the population - an exploration of code-switching and identity construction.

The Hybrid's Portraits explores beyond the linguistic identity, although it centers around why people switch, its images go beyond the linguistic. Each poster is in the series is specifically made to cater to each Hybrid who took part. The imagery behind the typography explores different cultures and perspectives that define them as Hybrids. They are digital portraits of the Linguistic Hybrid.

The Linguistic Hybrid is an empowering look at hybrid identity, and aims to attach beauty to a facet of our language that has been overlooked in the past.