Undocumented Interventions #1,

Julio César Morales

Watercolor and ink on paper | Acuarela y tinta sobre papel
101.5 x 76.2 cm (40 x 30 in)
Collection of Kadist | Colección Kadist
Photo courtesy of artist | Imagen cortesía del artista

Artist’s Statement

This ongoing Undocumented Interventions series highlights the harrowing conditions migrants endure for clandestine passage into the United States. These works possess a beauty and ephemerality that belie the horrors they illustrate: men, women, and children tucked inside customized piñatas, suitcases, and vehicle dashboards that have been modified to accommodate and conceal living bodies. Ironically, while the “interventions” employed by migrants underscore a sense of despair and distress, they also highlight immigrants’ ingenuity, determination, and dedication—qualities the United States purports to seek and prize.