Often times we come across pictures of undocumented youth with posters and banners at a demonstration. But how many times are they captured during everyday activities, like work? Where are the photographs of undocumented parents, who cannot join us at rallies because they are working to build a better future for us?
While we strive to get our story and struggle front and center, we need to keep in mind the great people behind the scenes who have struggled to get us here.
Art is a tool that can be used to tell stories as well as to raise awareness. It saddens me when I don’t see enough art within the fight for immigrant rights (that’s why I appreciate the NYSYLC’s Dreaming In Ink workshops so much).
When it comes to story telling through photos, Dulce Pinzón, a Mexico City native turned New Yorker, has used her artistic lens to capture immigrants at work. She takes beautiful pictures and frames the person in scenes that reflect what she sees as their true superhero character, below are some of her pictures.
Are there any pieces of art, that you’ve seen, that really capture the immigrant experience?