"Art can impact the social context of family dislocations and can serve as a powerful tool in encouraging an open national dialogue about Zero Tolerance in our country"
So (sew) America Cares is a participatory social art project with a commitment to raise awareness about the lives of the children separated from their parents at the border. All the faces stitched together strengthen the very fabric of our own society.
In 2018 a Zero Tolerance immigration policy was announced, requiring that all families who cross the border shall not only be separated but also charged in federal court with the misdemeanor crime of illegal entry.
This Project’s mission is to advocate for these children and to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to participate. Thread by thread, fiber by fiber, a participating community will increase its understanding of the circumstances of these children who never asked to be illegal aliens. The project consists of 10 different faces that will be repeated 100 times each to add 1000 faces. The faces had been laser etched on raw canvas to allow the participant to use any kind of thread, yarn, wool, fabric, paint etc. So (sew) America Cares has a plan: to "sew" them back, to never allow these children to be lost again, to create a quilt of 1000 faces representing a portion of these children.
We cannot allow these traumatized children to disappear and in time, be forgotten.People are encouraged to stitch, sew, knit, knot, crochet, embroider, or braid these drawings so as to symbolically recover these children’s faces and lives again.
So (sew) America Cares is an international call for people to participate and raise awareness as to the consequences of this immigration policy and its devastating effect on children. As citizen, artist, mother and a child that suffered being separated from my family for eight years, I am concerned about the hundreds of separated children across our country.
Everydayness, a series of drawing threating contemporary Spanish Society. @intercambiador acart
Everyday becomes a zone of boredom. The "everyday" is dominated by social media. Everyday we shoot and snap, upload and download. Everyday we sink deeper into social media addiction, addicted to the very power that controls and uses us to it own financial ends. We become invested in the idea that divestment of certain rights (to privacy, for instance) are necessary in order for us to profit from social media. To escape from the mundane, then, we bargain with the greater society. In the process, we are free to create an alternate persona in an odd exercise of fictional self expression. This in turn inhibits true expression and in time authenticity spirals into entropy.
In Jean Jacques Granville's "Autre Monde," a metamorphosized hybridization of humans develops, humans that act like animals in a city that represents the urban organism, a panorama of a lost paradise with domesticated humans in the social space. Granville's illustrations depict aspects of the social spaces through metaphors embracing the everyday by using animals as symbolism, combining the human and animal worlds and clothing the animal as a human and expanding the meaning of a bourgeois society in decadence. He later inspired Goya in his "Caprichos" showing the expanding power of the church in Spanish society, a society increasingly in the clutches of the religious fanaticism of that time. He chronicled everyday Spanish life through savage satire, ridiculing superstition, marital status, prostitution, prejudice and religion. Animals are depicted as the aristocracy, so too with soldiers, clowns, drunks, gypsies, beggars and others in an architectural fantasy of everydayness.
Molina's drawings demand a new space within the social space itself. It is a self-critique to the realities shared by everyone who lives the everyday capturing #life and how they #lovemylife. It becomes essential to share your everydayness in a fictionalized space within the fictionalized parallel world. Seen through a zoologist's lens, this
"Everydayness" series reveals anthropomorphic creatures in a fictional urban setting in a society that sees itself as utopian in nature. In a compilation of photographs documenting everyday life and routines, teens taking selfies, elders contemplating protests,
metro stations, etc., the construction of a cityscape emerges. Another dimension to the urban reality is the digital platform. For this series of thread drawings on fabric, Molina explores the contradiction and confluence of space and action in any society.The modernist model demands a new space within the social space itself. The intention of using thread to create this series speaks to a a woman's tradition and role in a culture dominated by hegemonic masculinity. The softness and delicacy of the medium dignifies a woman's opinion and presence in the social space.