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humanos aims to denounce hostility against the migrants fueled by falsified statistics promoted in different media platforms, by breaking the wall between the two realities. The project evokes empathy through emphasis on credit and logic; constructing an argument using the most credible facts to concentrate the public’s focus on the humanitarian urgency of the U.S.Mexico migration crisis. This information/argument is delivered as a hand book to promote a prevalent distribution. humanos proposes two main arguments: the appropriateness of the term “environmental migrants” and to develop new migration policies which integrates U.S. economic regards.
First, promoting “environmental migrants” aims to expel the criminal connotation of the migrants (who are labelled as “illegal” or “unauthorized” immigrants). This shifts the public focus away from antagonizing the migrants. Second, the policies aim to reveal the potential economic prospect from embracing the migrants through legalization. The new economic migration policies will be a tool of integration, as the main argument (supposedly the most logical) against the migrants are of economic rumors.
According to United Nations Refugees and Migrants, now is globally “the highest level of humanitarian needs since the Second World War with the issue of large-scale mixed movements of refugees and migrants.” A collective effort is required to help vulnerable communities and groups adapt to the growing threat of climate change. In the United Nations General Assembly of September 2016, Secretary-General Yves Leterme quoted Antonio Gramsci: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” He then continued that “today, we truly do live in a time of such morbid symptoms…As history has shown over and over again, migration is not a threat to nation-States, let alone democracies, but intolerance and hatred undoubtedly are.” It is our duty as global citizens to rise against intolerance and hatred.
Site Unseen is a website exploring the borderland surveillance industrial complex. The project examines the use of infrared technology and thermal cameras at the US-Mexico border. By visualizing thermal images of hands holding items found at the border, Site Unseen contrasts the intimacy (warmth) of the items migrants hold dear, with the indifference (cold) of the way the U.S. treats migrants’ bodies, livelihood, and humanity.
I. A graphic and typographic exploration and manifesto of the border/separation/difference, accompanied by interviews with people who have had partial identity formed around their proximity and interactions with it
II. A reimagining of the border from a line to a space, inspired by some of the already existing dynamics of exchange, sharing, community of people near the border and those who straddle both sides, proposing the groundwork for a life with dignity, constraints that become opportunities. Because it is speculative, it exists outside of lines and is ideological.
III. A design research pamphlet, a printed intervention, intended to provoke others to rethink their conception of the border, to be distributed at the border, with a version in Spanish and several reiterations
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The Colibri Kites project is both a poetic gesture and memorial event to commemorate the undocumented migrants who died while crossing the US-Mexican border.
Colibri is Spanish for hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are migratory birds that are native to the Americas, the majority are native to Latin America.
In 2009, the body of an undocumented migrant was found in the desert, and in his pocket he carried a small dead hummingbird, an indigenous symbol of safe passage and a messenger between the living and the dead. The man is named after Colibri, as well as thousands of other such migrants. Each migrant is a colibri, a courageous explorer, seeker, and sacrificer who sets out on a journey, often of no return, for that beam of hope, a better life for their family.
Every missing migrant is a flying kite, flown by their families. The migrants who died on their way to find hope for their family are kites with broken strings, unable to reconnect with their families, unable to fly again, unable to return home.
The Colibri Kite is a gesture to link the souls of these unidentifiable migrants to the families that are waiting for a chance to reunite with their loved ones spiritually. Each kite represents a migrant, carrying the weight and meaning of their souls.
On the day of the dead, thousands of Colibri Kites go up in the sky, to mourn the deceased migrants and let their souls return home. As the kites fly, the family members feeling the pull on the threads would feel that their loved ones’ soul has really come back.
Project Description: https://msfncarol.wixsite.com/colibrikites/the-meaning-of-colibri-kites