‘Human Cargo’ deals with the process of Globalization, focusing on Migrants. I involve the viewer to experience migrating situations. I do this by inducing the viewer to utilize various senses not just sight.
My work centers on the premise that globalization utilizes people of the so-called Third World but excludes them from the benefits their work produce –only their products are wanted and usually at very low prices. This causes a displacement of people, a Diaspora that affects everybody in the world. If Third World workers cannot make a decorous living in their own home, they are forced to look for alternatives – other places, other countries, becoming what the First World calls ‘illegal’ migrants. I represent this situation by ‘hiding’ migrants in products to help them cross borders. Some of the representations are ironic.
“I’m cold”. 68” x 32” x 28”. A box full of blankets where body parts of people in hiding can be spotted. Sound: Conversations of the people in hiding can be heard.
Copper Sulphate. 4’ x 3’ x 3’. Canvas container with warnings about its dangerous chemical contents. People in hiding can be spotted. Sound: Conversations of the people in hiding can be heard.
Coronas. Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40”. It represents a well-recognized Third World manufactured product in which people are hiding.
Peas. Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40”.
Jumex I. Acrylic on canvas, 80” x 32” Jumex II. Acrylic on canvas, 80” x 32”
Zzum Shoxs. Mixed media. 12” x 4” x 4”. Special shoes to project wearer across borders –see label.
Spectral Thixotropic Accelerator Suit. Mixed media. 12” x 12” x 2”. State-of-the-art suit that will aid the wearer to permutate becoming invisible and undetectable – see label.
We are here because you went there. Acrylic on canvas, 47” x 76 1/2”.