In the mid 60’s artist Martha Rosler created a series of photo montages called "Bringing the War Home". Collaging together images of the Vietnam war within photos of domesticity, safely and aesthetic “rightness”, she was attempting to close the distance gap, to bring attention to the atrocities happening in Vietnam as Americans sit on their couches, eating dinner and watching the war unfold from a great distance. She described these montages as “collisions in space”
At the same time that I discovered Marthas work I was also witnessing the unbelievable, barbaric and abusive separation of immigrant children from their families. Not only do both my brother and sister have partners and children of Mexican decent but as a whole the people of South America that I have encountered have been some of the most giving humans I've met.
Inspired by Collisions in Space and with an intention to bring attention to the culture of privilege in the US versus the struggle immigrants are facing, I digitally collaged together real images of immigrants and refugees with images from the Wall Street Journals Fashion and Culture magazine, a publication far removed from the crisis at hand with its elite content and viewership, representing a part of the US culture with its palpable sense of detachment.