telling the story of why they do the jobs that they do – the jobs that the rest of América won’t do. After researching, talking with my own family and other immigrant families – of all ethnic backgrounds – and one common theme is that they are all searching for the ‘American Dream’ or the betterment of their family,” explained the artist.
“I noticed this with my dad – when we would go to México to visit family, he was able to spend time with us and he was relaxed, but when we would come back to the states, he was always working and continuously stressed and under a lot of pressure,” noted Díaz. “When I asked him about this, he said, ‘yes, all I do is work when we’re here’.”
These mixed media art pieces all display the indistinct profile or shadow of the migrant worker using newspaper clippings from news headlines and stories about immigration; immigration politics; poverty; violence in México. Underneath the newsprint figures, Díaz used wood as a medium, which represents the enduring strength of the migrant worker and the complexities of their lives.
“How can I honor these people who are not recognized in society?” he asked. “My point is not necessarily to have people agree with me, but to give them perspectives for understanding.”
The art piece entitled, “Levicitus 19:34” refers to scripture which states that you should treat foreigners as if they are native-born, and love them as you would love yourself because you were once a foreigner as well. The work shows the figures of migrant day laborers waiting on the corner looking for work. The figures are purposefully placed in front of an upscale organic farmers market in an upscale neighborhood, calling attention to the irony of the cheap labor
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SC: Why did you call your memoir "The General"?
AE: Because I was one of a limited number of prisoners at Guantanamo who spoke English, I was often forced to be an "unofficial leader" by guards and interrogators. They nicknamed me "the general."
SC: How were you released?
AE: I was released ...