Projects: Shut Away / Encerradx (ongoing)
Shut Away is an examination of a less discussed immigration story in the United States. At present there are around forty undocumented immigrants living in houses of worship after having received deportation orders. Despite the intensification of a nationalist immigration agenda, it remains the strategy of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to avoid raiding “sensitive locations” including places of worship. Seeking sanctuary in these churches provides some insulation from the possibility of deportation but comes at a significant cost. While these people have made the difficult choice to live within these boundaries, the spaces end up being a prison of a different rank.
This project explores complex situations at the intersection of immigration, religion and politics. It shows the daily motions of life in detention spaces and how they toe a fine line between homes and cells. Most importantly it shows the nuanced individuality between stories that too often are dissolved into a single narrative.