“They go through our drawers just like a prisoner. Sometimes they treat us with kindness, but other times they don’t treat us well due to the fact that some are good and others are angry” – Excerpt from letter
LINK TO LETTER: https://endfamilydetention.com/miguel-10/
ARTIST STATEMENT: “I’m choosing to show multiple images that came to mind from the little boy’s letter to illustrate as many parts of his daily life as possible. So few people (including me) understand what children and their parents are going through on a day to day basis, so Illustrating as much of those points as possible. I think the part of the letter that hit me most is the idea of not being able to control what is happening, not knowing when they will be able to leave, and the cramped feeling of all of these conditions on top of each other. The conditions are all a part of the same screwed up situation. All a part of the same torture. I want [people] to get a sense that there is not a lot of freedom of space, choice, or room from this child’s point of view. From the letter I got a sense that this child is feeling overcrowded, watched, ordered, and controlled; all in a very small space.”
Visions From The Inside is a collaborative project between 15 visual artists and detained migrants at Karnes Detention Center.
CultureStrike in partnership with Mariposas Sin Fronteras, End Family Detention and 15 artists from across the country, brings you Visions From The Inside, a visual art project inspired by letters penned by detained migrants.
By visually illustrating these letters we aim to bring awareness and a better sense of the realities that people are experiencing inside of for-profit detention facilities, what led them to migrate in the first place and, most importantly, highlighting the resiliency of the migrant spirit.