CultureStrike launches an art collection by artists from around the country to illustrate the courage of migrant families in detention and shift ideas around criminalization.
OAKLAND, CA CultureStrike, a national promigrant arts organization, is releasing illustrations based on letters written by detained women and children at the forprofit detention center in Karnes County, Texas, in collaboration with the advocacy groups Mariposas Sin Fronteras and End Family Detention . These visual art interpretations created by a diverse lineup of 15 visual artists from across the U.S. will highlight the realities that migrants are experiencing inside of detention facilities, what led them to migrate away from their home countries, and the resiliency of the human spirit.
“I chose images of mothers holding children because I remember how it felt to be placed in I.C.E detention,” states Iowabased artist Fidencio Martinez about the piece he created for this project. “All I wanted [when I was in detention], was the comfort of my mother and I think that [detained] women are incredibly brave, strong and noble in those situations. They are still fighting for the safety and wellbeing of their children.”