Escape/Return Escape/Regresso

 

12'l x 7.5'ht x 9'w

45 deconstructed cotton T-shirts, wire fencing, wood, wire,

2009

 

Escape/Return Escape/Regresso creates a tunnel made of T-shirts collected from Latin American countries, like cast off skins, showing the cross-national struggle of illegal immigration, from poor to rich countries, that is taking place now around the world. The viewer walks through to follow in the footsteps of those caught in the cycle of migration between Latin America and the United States and glimpse the claustrophobic experience of those who escape for their lives and families, in search of better livelihoods.  This piece involves both the Latin American and Anglo communities in the expression of an epic migration of peoples. Texts from the shirts are written on the floor.