Immigrant Art from Stewart Detention Center
Part of Art at Watson
Join the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Art at Watson for the opening of the exhibit “Breaking Out: Immigrant Art from Stewart Detention Center.” The exhibit has been installed on the first floor of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (111 Thayer Street, Providence).
The exhibition “Breaking Out: Immigrant Art from Stewart Detention Center” offers a first-person perspective on life for individuals from the Caribbean, Latin America and beyond, who have been or are currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA. Comprising letters, artwork, and objects created by people detained at SDC, the exhibition evokes themes of repressive detention conditions, memories of life before experiencing immigration enforcement, and hope for a future free from institutional violence.
This event is sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar “Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America.”
Free and open to the public.
In hope for transformation,
P.S. Please be advised: the people detained at SDC testify to surviving many forms of violence including sexual, political, and psychological violence and to living in proximity to many forms of death including suicide and as a result of Covid-19.
Story of a social work student who had to leave their country to save their life.
As hundreds of students have had to leave to avoid the bad luck of so many students and social leaders who have been killed, tortured, and disappeared just in 2021 by police and parliamentary forces.
I was beaten, intimidated, and displaced from my home.
I leave my destiny in God’s hands.