Jess Chen and Roger Peet collaborated on an illustration early this year for a campaign entitled To Immigrants, With Love- an outreach and letter-writing effort designed to breach the feelings of isolation that many immigrant individuals and families experience, in their daily dealings with the US’ suffocating climate of xenophobia. The good people at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco recently approached us with a request to turn the graphic into a billboard to fill the rotating space on the sidewalk outside their iconic Mission District location. The installation was being prepared right as Trump’s DACA action hit, and we were able to insert some last minute language addressing that to the image.
Here’s the artist statement for the image: “Though borders continue to divide immigrant families we wanted to create an image that highlights the unbreakable love and bravery that holds migrant families together before and after their arrival to the US. Our migration is natural. It is an ancient 4-billion year old magic that descended from birds and pterodactyls. It is unstoppable by all borders or legislation. We are here to stay.”
Read more about the vital and impressive programming of Galeria de la Raza and their 47 year history of curation in the Mission at their website.