Detail of Persistent Caravan (Drawings) by Aurora Molina @auroramolinafiberarts (2020, Cotton thread on Chiffon). Seen at @hartvesprojects, currently online at @mocanomi for 'Corporal Dade' Resident Artists Exhibition by @projectart.
This series has an immersive video art component, a Site-Specific Collaborative Multimedia Installation with @Eddypenafiel for The Projects, @FATVillage, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 29th, Aurora will be doing a workshop @frostartmuseum, for another of her projects, also related to immigration issues, ‘So (Sew) America Cares', a participatory social art project to raise awareness about the lives of the children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. She'll be joined by Ariela Moscowitz, Director of Community Relations for @americansforimmigrantjustice.
Here's an extract of a text I wrote for 'The Persistent Caravan' Immersive installation, about the characters in this work:
"What do we know about the people in this caravan? That they are escaping their circumstances, that they are leaving behind their lives. They have been persecuted, evicted from their own homes, from their own countries. Countries that can be near or far from where we are, across the oceans, across mountains, or just next door.
But why do we need to know? What do we need to do? Just ponder. Just think for a minute what would you do to save your children from danger, and how much danger would you have to be in to get on a little boat to cross an ocean, or to start a walk with no end, through deserts and mountains you have never been to.
And what good will it make to ponder? Just to realize these are human beings looking for a better life. Maybe we can gain some respect for their journey, because in a world where livable space keeps shrinking, even as we keep burning and cutting forests to make space for more houses, more crops, more cattle, more industry, we are not exempt from one day entering The Persistent Caravan."