“The text I chose is based on the song: “Soy Pan, Soy Paz, Soy Más” popularized by the imitable Mercedes Sosa with Piero. The lyrics are written by Luis Ramón Igarzabal. I decided that I wanted the text to be targeted to the majority of those incarcerated and living around the facility— Spanish speakers. I spent time thinking about iconic long-time poets and singers who epitomize a desire for change and who see no boundaries. Throughout my research, I had in mind the tenderness of people, migrants, seeking to find some hope but are placed in limbo - exploited and traumatized by the US government. The pain I imagine and have witnessed in my own family made it more important for me to send a message of love. That is to say, I see you, I love you.”
Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist negotiating the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. Gaspar’s work addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mobilize, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures.
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