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 groups End 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.”
Agro Bro was created for the Caphill PSA poster campaign that solicited local artists to address the increased violence resulting from gentrification in the Seattle capitol hill neighborhood. My intention was to call out theses gentrifiers by naming and visually describing the "agro bro" archetype through these tongue-in-cheek welcome and wanted posters. These posters were displayed in major intersections on capitol hill for several weeks following physical and verbal attacks targeted at members of the queer community. By using a sarcastic yet educational tone, my hope is that agro bro walks by these posters and recognizes himself as well as the well-established history, culture, and community that predates his arrival to the neighborhood. Read the interview with MissTANGQ in Seattle Weekly.