Uprising Against ICE

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Rosalia Torres-Weiner
Early 21st century
acrylic on canvas
Frame: 48 1/4 × 48 1/16 × 1 1/8 in. (122.5 × 122 × 2.9 cm)
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Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
In a riff on muralist Diego Rivera’s The Uprising (1931), Rosalia Torres-Weiner shows how deportation affects Latinx families, especially children, and advocates for immigration reform. The Mexican-born artist swaps her compatriot’s sword-wielding soldier for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in riot gear ready to handcuff a mother holding a swaddled baby, while an injured immigrant lies on the ground. Standing beside the mother, a father wears work overalls and holds a shovel in one hand. With the other, he gently grips their distraught daughter’s shoulder, the elder child an addition to Rivera’s immigrant family. Lawmakers, more ICE agents, and an American flag populate the background, as do protestors, including one with a sign pleading that families remain undivided, “Familias Unidas” This acrylic painting was one of three artworks by Torres-Weiner on display at the Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition, Gateways/Portales from December 2016 to January 2018. In addition to the mixed media Madre Protectora (2016.0008.0001), the self-titled “artivist” (artist-activist) traveled from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina to paint the exhibition’s signature mural (ACMA-03-102-ref270).
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