We are all humans of different cultural backgrounds, with many particular habits. We should not be portrayed by stereotypes, cast, or pinned to any particular social prejudice. I will not deny my Mexican upbringing (heritage), and it will not limit me in any way. Such imaginary walls, I feel only divide us and place barriers. My work reflects the environment we all share, yet sometimes my Latino background draws a focus towards social awareness, that most times sits quietly in the background of our conscience. My work is based on collaboration with society. It creates a reaction from those that observe, reminding them of the injustices in our communities, cities, states, countries, and sometimes the world. The responsibility as an artist is to reflect all that surrounds us and make us aware by bringing out our most hidden images from within our subconscious.
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After a long hiteus, lets begin the journey again.
Performed by Saúl Aguirre at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. October 30, 2013. Video Courtesy of UICA Grand Rapids Michigan.
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