In the Fall of 2016, I initiated an art exchange with men facing deportation in the Stewart Detention Center of Lumpkin, GA. I was initially given contact information for 40 men through El Refugio, a hospitality house located right outside the gates of Stewart Detention Center whose purpose is to serve the family and friends of men detained. Almost immediately, half the letters were "returned to sender" most likely signaling these men had been deported and thus, separated from their families. However, I did exchange letters with about 10 men from the center and eventually traded my screenprints of Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez, the Catholic patron saint of immigrants, for their drawings.

These drawings were displayed in my in my MA exhibition, Seeking Asylum.

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