ARTE URGENTE - CUBRIENDO NUESTRO ROSTRO PARA SER VISIBLES (covering our guis in order to become visible)

By caleb duarte, Feb 24 2016 05:50AM

Works by unaccompanied immigrant youth currently living in Oakland California. Sculptural public performance.


From February through April of 2016, with the support from the Doris Duke Charitable foundation, La Pena Cultural Center, Oakland Youth Alliance, and Fremont High, Caleb Duarte will be working with over twenty undocumented minor youth currently placed in foster care in Oakland California while they wait for legal proceedings. He will establish an artist-working studio for undocumented minor youth that can potentially be deported in 2016. According to the research group TRAC; of 64,500 family migration cases that have filtered through the courts as of late 2015, fewer than 40 percent had legal representation. Among those, fewer than 700 were granted relief. And for those cases without counsel, only 38 were granted relief, resulting in more than 15,300 ordered deported. Over 400 unaccompanied minors are currently enrolled in the Oakland School district with very little legal, psychological, and/or cultural services and are most likely to be destined to an underground existence and or to be deported back to their original countries.


They will meet two days a week for three months and through sculptural workshops, film screenings, lively discussions and oral history exercises they will revisit their lived experiences and examine current global migration while mapping out individual experiences. They will investigate intersectionality, the causes of mass migration, and express what it means to move from small villages in Guatemala and El Salvador to a large city like Oakland. They will be creating large-scale collective sculptures that represent invisibility, movement, or a need to be seen, all in which will be determined by the students during workshops sessions. They will install their sculptural objects on the roof of La Pena Cultural Center or create situations for public interventions as poetic disturbances for greater visibility.


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