Louis Chinn

Louis Chinn


Digital print

13x13 inches


“The way I see it, this place is a human warehouse.” -Excerpt from Pavel’s letter

Artist statement: “My work depicts a portrait of a detainee, silenced by U.S government policy and corruption.  The barcode on his forehead represents the ICE militarized industrial complex and the dehumanization of immigrant lives as a physical product within this system. There is a trail of detainees slowly losing their identity and disappearing into the distance.  Similarly, the concrete background represents institutional imprisonment and stolen lives, while the dandelions, a symbol of overcoming hardship and adversity, reveal a contradiction in society; in many contexts they are considered a pest or a weed. Yet in truth, they are a beautiful flower that represents faithfulness and has powerful healing properties.”  -Louis Chinn

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