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Title:"I am for a border that does not divide..."
Author(s):Carrillo, Alejandra
Subject(s):Art and Design
Abstract:My research focuses on testimonies and letter grievances of detained immigrants located on the U.S./Mexican border of El Paso, TX and Cd. Juarez. In the summer of 2016, I volunteered to visit them at the El Paso Detention Center and since then have been in contact with the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, a group that increases visibility to the harsh conditions and treatment migrants receive at the center. I am interested in bridging the gap of their intangible but credible stories to make pieces that directly connect their experience, voice, and fears into artwork. With “Shackled Freedom”, I focus on a common thread the grievances share, which is being treated like an animal, specifically a dog. With this in mind, the piece contains ten quotes laser-etched on clear acrylic hung by chains that connect to a dog-training collar. The clear acrylic symbolizes the lack of transparency at the detention center and the location of the image was taken at the international bridge of El Paso/Cd. Juarez. Hung directly on the fence in between the two countries with the visible division in the background is representative of a border that was systematically and politically made.
Issue Date:2017
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Alejandra Carrillo
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-20

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