Rosalia Torres-Weiner Torres-Weiner, a painter, muralist, and activist from North Carolina is working with children who’ve lost one or both parents to deportation. The artist, who is originally from Mexico and whose work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, has been involved in immigration activism for years, reports Kimberly Lawson.
In 2012, says Lawson, she launched The Papalote Project to help kids process the trauma of deportation and separation inspired by friends who are undocumented. “Every time they go out to work, I’m always afraid they’re not going to come back.”
“She told me that she saw her mom taken by ICE … the girl saw her mom leave in handcuffs, and she was screaming, ‘No, no, no!’ And that’s what she drew on a piece of paper: her mom and her screaming ‘No, no, no.’”
Torres-Weiner is looking to expand the opportunity for communities to make art by taking it out of the studio and bringing it directly to low-income and underserved areas of Charlotte, like local apartment complexes and laundromats. She’s already gotten a permit from the city to begin.