Location: Austin, TX, United States
Completion date: 2020
Artwork budget: $95,000
Fabrication / design
Olaniyi R. Akindiya Akirash
ARTWITHAKIRASH STUDIO LLC
This work looks deep into the immigration issues that plague our society. It has become a big bone that has stuck in our throat, difficult to chew or swallow. It is a nightmarish, poisonous trauma that has stained our history forever.
Where do we go from here? What will those children that they took from their parents think of us in decades to come?
This work is not to criticize anybody, but to create dialogue to find ways to correct our wrongs; to see how we can come to a better existence with our neighbors. How can we heal the wounds, drain the venom, and live together in mutual respect and dignity?
The project involve travelling , research, interview and using myself as the tools to be the source and experience the traveling myself acroos borders, deserts, stroways.
Meeting the famillies who are been separated at the border between USA- MEXICO, to hear their stories and to help them tell it to world.
I wake in the depth of night. When I close my eyes, I feel something is blocking my view. I can‘t breathe deep or stand up from my bed. It feels like something is holding me down. I try to turn my head right or left, but it is impossible. I try to scream. I can’t find my voice. I think maybe I am dead, but I still feel that I am breathing. The dead don’t breathe. Then suddenly a breeze blows and everything changes. I become myself again. I wake up. Am in a 6’ x 9’ rectangle with a metal rods and a door padlocked. I look at my right someone is standing in another 6’ x 9’, so also on my left. This pattern continues ahead of and behind me. What has happened to me? Have I become an animal in a cage? What day is it? What month, what year? I ask, but the only response I get is tears. Then a voice suddenly says, “You are going back to where you come from. You are being deported.”