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The Art Installation Of A Child Peering Over The US-Mexico Border Isn’t About DACA, It’s About Migration

A French artist created this art installation of a boy looking over the border to the U.S. from Mexico because he is fascinated by walls.

Work in progress on the Mexican side of the US/MEXICO border

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It just so happened that his art installation went up the same week as the Trump administration’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

French artist JR recently installed the image of a one-year-old child peering over the U.S.-Mexico border into California from Tecate, Mexico. JR has made a name for himself in the art world by plastering his images on the walls all over the world but this one was different – JR created his own wall in the likeness of a young child. JR’s work had one mission: express the futility of stopping migration. He also wanted to make the U.S.-Mexico border wall seem ridiculous with the building of his own, child-shaped wall looming behind it, according to NPR.

“People will always migrate,” JR told The New York Times. “When we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The history of humanity is the story of people migrating. Of course, that has to be regulated.”

It just so happened that JR’s installation at the border wall coincided with the announcement by the Trump administration to rescind DACA, a program specifically for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. JR mentions to NPR that he was happy with the response he received on social media about this piece of art.

“Most of the people, if you read the comments, they were not talking politics or they didn’t mention the name of the president,” JR told NPR. “It was about people.”


READ: Senator Warren Speaks On The Removal Of DACA, Making Her Statement Personal With These Three Stories

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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Side hustles aren’t just limited to freelance writing gigs. There is a vast world of side hustles that can make people a lot of money. Some of them involve art, modeling, and unusual rentals that people would need. That is what the second episode of mitú original series “Side Hustle” is all about.

“That’s not art. That’s you being nude.”

Dorian Wood and Tatyana are young Latinos trying to make it in this wild world in which we live. While some people rely on a regular 9-5 job to make everything work, these two people found a way to take something they like to do and make it profitable.

Wood is using his body to make money and a name for himself with a global audience. His art is something that some people just don’t understand but he is beloved in the art world for his performance art. His nude body is the subject of his work and he has been featured in art shows around the world.

Tatyana is a college student working her way through college like so many others. However, she is taking a different route to pay for her college courses instead of working a retail job. What she has to offer is friendship and it’s paying off.

Wood might be celebrated for his art but his mom has some thoughts.

“I did a show in Madrid and this artist comes up to me after the show and offers to do a mural of me so I just said, ‘Okay. What have I got to lose?’ A few months later he sends me this video of him putting the finishing touches on a four-story mural in Segovia in Spain of me completely naked and my jaw just dropped,” Wood tells co-host David Alvarez. “‘El Gordo’ is what they called the mural. It somehow just triggered something in me. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay. What if I tried art modeling?'”

Wood admits that his friends and family are a little confused by his work. He adds: “They think I’m insane. My mother sees me posing nude and doing nude performance art and she’ll tell me in Spanish like, ‘You know. That’s not art. That’s you being nude.'”

Tatyana loves to make friends and now that makes her some money.

“This is just a way for me to pay for classes,” Tatyana explains to co-host Sahsa Merci. “There was a list of 100 things you could do to make side money and I checked a bunch of them out. The Rent-A-Friend seemed like something I could be good at. So, I started it and I really liked how it was.”

Tatyana says that “it was definitely a little too delicate to talk about at first.” She added. “They know that I enjoy making new friends so for me to get some benefit out of it, also financial help for my school, they were happy about that.”

READ: Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

An Artist Is Sharing Images Of Frontline Workers Reimagined As Aztec Figures And It’s Pretty Powerful

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An Artist Is Sharing Images Of Frontline Workers Reimagined As Aztec Figures And It’s Pretty Powerful

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Jorge Garza has stunned us again.

The Instagram artist first captured our attention with his comic books and horror-related pieces a few years ago and some renderings of some of our favorite celebs in the style of Aztec art. Typically Garza’s Instagram posts highlight pop icons and superheroes but his posts as of late have gone beyond the likes of caped idols and gone for straight-up modern-day heroes: frontline workers.

That’s right, Garza’s latest post highlights essential workers.

Garza’s Aztec posts about frontline workers highlight just about everyone who is being forced to continue to operate in the grave conditions that have come with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Like this special depiction of a respiratory therapist.

And this post featuring a postal service worker.

If you didn’t already know, US Postal Service workers are risking their lives every day to ship us mail. As of April 1200 cases of coronavirus were reported in the system. 

Just look at this frontline grocery store worker.

Apparently you can pick this piece up at Garza’s store as a sticker or art print.

And this stunning piece dedicated to frontline cook workers.

Foodservice providers have been deemed essential workers as well and are showing up every day to work, despite the risks, to feed us.

We just adore this amazing piece about the other heroes feeding America.

Here’s hoping that the grocery store workers reporting to duty receive paid vacation off (at the least) when this is all done. Fortunately, it appears Garza’s latest Aztec pieces are an ongoing work in progress. So stay tuned for more of his work!