Monday, November 7, 2016

Space Inbetween

























The following {Below and in Black Font} is a direct Quote from the Online Page of this Exhibit at The Desert Botanical Gardens to explain it's Purpose and Meaning.  I couldn't have written it better so I'm using it in it's entirety.  As a Family that this matter has touched deeply, since Princess T's Dad was deported just after her birth due to his Work VISA being unable to be renewed... and being left to raise an American Born Grandchild of Mexican National Ancestry whose Family was now scattered involuntarily, it was poignant for me.  Having the chasm of the complex Immigration Issues separating our Family between two Countries, it was particularly meaningful for me to be in the presence of Art from the Heart on this Topic.  My recent Dearly Departed Mom was also a Foreign National who Married an American G.I. during his Tour to her Country and carried her Legal Immigration Card all her Life.  She considered it a Privilege to be allowed to remain in a Host Country and knew she could always be Deported.  My Dad being a person of Indigenous Native American Ancestry... in the Eyes of his People, all who aren't Tribal Peoples of our Land are Immigrants from various times across our Rich and varied History where many came to call this Home.  I Hope you Enjoy it and Meditate upon it and the Lives it touches, whatever side you stand on regarding this polarized debate.

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Immigration has raised heated debate and polarized opinions in the current political climate, especially in our border state of Arizona. It can be easy to get lost in the rhetoric and judge those who are crossing the borders, legally or illegally.
An upcoming exhibition at the Desert Botanical Garden's Ottosen Gallery seeks to humanize those who have crossed, and offer a perspective that shows the issue isn't simply black and white. "Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between" is a collaborative exhibition among renowned Mexican-American artist Cabrera, the Arizona State University Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden. It showcases sculptures in the shape of desert plants, crafted from border patrol uniforms and embroidered with immigration stories, "sprouting" from Mexican terra-cotta pots. What makes this exhibit especially unique is these stories are from members of the community, many of them Latino immigrants, who have worked for the last month to make the art pieces.
"The pieces project stories and experiences that were had from those who crossed into the country, either through the desert or in some other form," Cabrera said. "We use embroidery as a tradition to preserve traditions and as a means to tell stories and narratives...The stories are of life before they came, of hope, of life and death, and of dreams."

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Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

6 comments:

  1. Very nice. My daughters boyfriend is a legal resident. He has spent thousand of dollars and many years trying to become citizen. I don't understand any of it?

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    1. I know, the complexities are so vast I don't think anyone understands any of it!!! I Wish your Daughter's Boyfriend eventual success in his endeavor... if not, may his now Pink Card never expire! *LOL... most don't know it's not a Green Card anymore! Ha ha* Mom's pix on hers was when she first immigrated at age 21... which was hilarious by the time she got into her Eighties and looked absolutely nothing like that anymore, it gave us many giggles. Dawn... The Bohemian

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  2. We have all been immigrants or family of immigrants. This is a unique take on a huge problem--but, people forget there are families behind these issues. Thanks for posting this. I've FB'd it with a lead in. Blessings, Sandi

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    1. Yes, Humanizing any problem Society is wrestling with and trying to Deal with always helps to not standing in the stead of Judge, Jury and Executioner. It is my Hope that as a Nation we can figure it out in a way that improves the currently very broken System and dilemma of how best to deter illegal entry while at the same time being compassionate and recognizing Families are behind these very complex Issues that presently have no viable Solutions that Work. Thanks for Sharing it with a lead in, it was a wonderful Exhibit, both Beautiful, Hopeful and yet Somber. Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. I thought so, the Fabric Cacti with all of the Embroidery was quite Lovely and Realistic looking. And the Message a Powerful and thought provoking one. Dawn... The Bohemian

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