Stranger Vision is a project that starts from a strand of hair and eventually creates a full image of people.

A strand of hair, or a flake of skin, contains enough DNA to get a full genetic profile. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has a strange but interesting project titled ‘Stranger Visions’ that centers around collecting DNA from public places and using the information to create portraits of random strangers.

You can often see Dewey-Hagborg picking stray hairs, cigarette butts, finger nail clippings in places like restrooms, restaurants, and bus stops. She analyzes the DNA and starts to construct facial features based on their genetic profile, such as eye color, ethnicity, and hair color.

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