“I didn’t come here to hurt anybody. I just came to this country trying to save my life.” Excerpt from Marlon’s letter.
Kristen Ramirez used gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper to create this piece that draws on vibrant color and pattern. Using the huipil (“traje de vida”) as a metaphor, she draws comparisons between prison uniforms and this more humanizing, dignified clothing worn ritually to events like weddings and burials. The huipil has historically been worn by people of high ranking (women, in particular) and often used to adorn saints. It stands in as a reminder of the dignity that has been lost through irrational incarcerations.
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