As originally posted on Visions From The Inside
“The times they offer us food is scarce and the best food there is to eat is in the commissary.” –Excerpt from letter
LINK TO LETTER: http://endfamilydetention.com/a-letter-from-carmen/
ARTIST STATEMENT: “My purpose with this piece was to recognize and celebrate the power of love and hope that burns in the hearts of [detained] women, illustrated by a single sunflower. Few of us can imagine the nightmare of what it means to be detained, of being exposed to all the violence, the darkness, the abuse and trauma. Of having to spend every day in a place where food is sometimes a luxury, where your children are scared and cold, where mothers try to remember the warmth of home to keep themselves going – a place that does its best to strip you of all your dignity and light little by little. These women are not victims, they are luchadoras, fighters, and we must remember that. They fight every day to protect their children and to survive the darkness. I want to honor that strength and that love, which shines bright even in the most oppressive conditions and to honor their urgent request for action: ‘yo les pido que por favor nos brinden su ayuda// I ask you to please help us.” -Rommy Torrico
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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.