DOCUMENTING THE UNDOCUMENTED
In this political climate, now more than ever, it is important for undocumented artists to share their stories. It is time to reclaim our stories and be unapologetic. The Crossin’ Borders Project is an ongoing artist-driven publication on the undocumented American narrative under this generation’s administration and beyond. It is curated by and for undocumented creatives. Crossing borders goes beyond crossing fences, walls or rivers, it explores crossing the metaphysical borders of the emotional & mental turmoil/labor that immigrants face in this country.
Issue 001 will feature artists from different parts of the US. The Fall 2019 Issue will prioritize artists from East Coast and Midwest regions. Each artist will include an interview and a featured artwork as a direct or indirect response to the current political climate and this current administration. Filmmakers, visual artists, performers, writers, etc. with an undocumented background are all welcome to submit artwork.
60% of each purchase will go towards benefiting Chicago-based immigrant rights organization OCAD (Organized Communities Against Deportation) as well as contributing to paying the artists.
Brian Herrera is a queer, undocumented immigrant and graphic artivist. He was born in Veracruz, Mexico and raised on the West Side of Chicago. His passion is to uplift the voices of queer POC communities through various forms of illustration, print media and marketing. His latest project focuses on giving a platform to other undocumented artists in the US. He was recently nominated as a fellow for Define American’s First Undocumented Artist fellowship. He is also currently a Graphic Designer for Culture Strike. Organizations & clients he has worked with include National Museum of Mexican Art, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Illinois Humanities Council, Free Street Theater and Redbull.