“The idiom Live and Let Live implies tolerance for the opinions, behavior and aspirations of others. Skywriting Let Live over the South Texas Family Residental Center, suggests a suspension of knee-jerk judgement, which is the ideological support for all systems of incarceration. For me as an artist and a mother, calling attention to the detention of immigrant families at this site is especially urgent, not only, because they have done nothing illegal in seeking asylum, but also, because it is a glaring example of the unethical and inhumane consequences of institutionalized intolerance.”
Mary Kelly is an American conceptual artist, feminist, educator, and writer. Kelly has contributed extensively to the discourse of feminism and postmodernism through her large-scale narrative installations and theoretical writings. Kelly’s work mediates between conceptual art and the more intimate interests of artists of the 1980s. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is considered among the most influential contemporary artists working today. Kelly is Judge Widney Professor at the USC Roski School of Art and Design of the University of Southern California.
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