Other possible walls
“Resistance is not exclusively about denying the oppressor’s power but also on creating new ways of existing, including ways of feeling, thinking and being in a world that progressively constructs itself through varied insurgencies and irruptions.”
– Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Expressing my concern for estrangement, uprooting, and cultural transition, the wall sculpture Other Possible Walls addresses the immigration conflict and current political turmoil in the US. It stages a section of the country’s southern border disrupted by a strip of a delicate lace-like net that cascades through the floor suggesting expansion and regeneration.
I address the idea of resistance as an interwoven pattern conveying interconnectedness and interdependency. In contrast with divisive narratives that call for segregation and hate within communities, the soft structure of the web acts as a political gesture strengthening the social fabric, dialogue, and integration. [Read full text]