“The sentence "Estoy aquí: sobreviviré" invites us to recognize the conditions of immigration detention in the United States and to resist society's neglect of the plight of migrants who are detained. While the U.S. federal government has instituted poor measures to hold the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) accountable for the range of human rights violations that occur in detention centers, detained immigrants remind us of their strength to overcome and survive the cruel and inhumane treatment they endure. "Estoy aquí" references Shakira's song of the same name, and "Sobreviviré," Mexican pop star Monica Naranjo's hit. —Felipe Baeza and Carlos Motta”
Felipe Baeza, born in Guanajuato, Mexico, incorporates painting and printmaking to examine how memory, migration, and displacement work to create a state of hybridity and fugitivity. Baeza’s art practice aims to imagine structures and possibilities for the self-emancipation of the fugitive body that lives in and is persistently subjected to hostile conditions. Baeza received a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from the Yale School of Art.
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