chinese american queer multi-media synesthetic artist diviner educator mystic creator
CultureStrike, a national pro-migrant arts organization, invited missTANGQ and other visual artists to create illustrations based on letters and interviews from migrants caught in the for-profit detention system. Letters were collected from detention centers in New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Washington, California and Texas by the advocacy groupsEnd Family Detention,Families For Freedom, Familia Queer and Trans Liberation Movement, and Northwest Detention Center Resistance. The poignant illustrations, which were created by a diverse group of artists with a strong social justice art-making background, explore the various identities and experiences detailed by migrants both inside and outside of the for-profit detention system.
Excerpt from letter: "People are afraid to speak out. Some because they don’t know what’s going on and because they think that this is how things should be." -Angel
Artist statement: “My letter is from a detainee from El Salvador who has been living in the US for 34 years and is been detained for something he did when he was 17 years old. He has cancer and is being refused medical treatment. Because his name is Angel, I was inspired by the imagery of an angel being caught in a web of injustice. The figure inside his chest represents his 17-year-old self being hanged while cancer cells grow in his body. The bird flying from his mouth symbolizes the possibility of liberation through voicing the truth of his experience through this letter.”
The Agrobro posters were a part of a public service campaign drawing attention to the increased homophobic violence in the rapidly gentrified neighborhood of Capitol Hill, the historically queer haven of Seattle.