Work Won’t Kill You: I Am Here
WWKY: I Am Here addresses the painful quandary of involuntary childhood immigrants who thought they had qualified for a path to citizenship through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals only to have that opportunity threatened. Just as pulling a flowering plant out of the ground threatens the life of the plant and leaves a gaping hole in the earth, DACA recipients face a fearsome prospect, not only for themselves and their families but for their communities as well.
In the fourth installment of her Work Won’t Kill You series, the artist Patty Ortiz has hired eight DACA recipients to collaborate in constructing a video/installation/performance piece that captures their heartfelt response to the looming crisis. Ortiz has combined video images of threatened plants and recordings of interviews along with the real time presence of the actual DACA subjects themselves as they nurture and rearrange over 300 live flowering plants daily in the Present Box exhibition space at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
Programming for Work Won’t Kill You: I Am Here
Film Documentary showing of “La Mar El Mar” at Boedecker Theatre, Dairy Arts Center
April 25-28, various times
Documenters Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki explore Mexican-U.S. border crossings in a poetic, elliptical mood piece.
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In BMoCA Event Space
May 2, 6:00pm
This panel will feature undocumented youth, representatives from the Sanctuary Coalition, the ACLU, and others TBA with Elvira Ramos, Community Foundation, as moderator.
Present Box is a series of temporary exhibitions that invite artists to transform BMoCA’s lobby and front entrance into innovative installations, performances, and events. The site-specific projects are intended to encourage artists to create work outside their comfort zone, and to foster interactive participation. Artists are also urged to explore themes that are relevant for our present time.
Image courtesy of Steve Hume