Both Molly Fair’s and Colin Matthes’s prints use text to call attention to the unjust treatment of undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its detention system. Although neither artist identifies as Chicano/a, they continue to use their privilege to speak up for the injustices that people of color face. In Fair’s print, she uses multiple translations of her first statement, which calls for the end of the ICE detention system. By translating this statement, she draws awareness to the fact that undocumented immigrants come from all over the world in search of better opportunities. Similarly, Matthes’s print uses text to call out the terror created by ICE. The figure in a shattered graduation cap is one symbol of this destruction.
Molly Fair is a multidisciplinary artist, librarian, and archivist based in Richmond, Virginia. Colin Matthes is a visual artist and printmaker from Wisconsin. Both artists use their platforms and talents to bring attention to social movements.
From the 2022 exhibition A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, A Space for Dialogue 106, curated by Yliana Beck, '22 Conroy Intern
A Space for Dialogue 106, A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, Yliana Beck, Class of 2022, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 30 - June 18, 2022.
Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn, New York; sold to present collection, 2013.
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