I didn’t have a quinceañera when I was younger. But I had Selena, and later in high school I discovered Jenni Rivera. Two strong mujeres that are no longer with us. These beauties inspired me to wear hoop earrings, lipstick and unapologetically cuss like a sailor (that last part was mostly Jenni). I mention the quinceañera part because I’ve decided to actually imagine it: I would wear a Jenni Rivera-inspired dress and for the surprise dance, I would do a Selena routine. These set of images show what I would look like…..
Documented and undocumented, I’ve heard some folks thinking they be too good for some jabs cos they got a degree. Ya’ll know who you are. Liberty be fucking up sometimes too. Sometimes she needs a good “jalada de orejas” by her mama. Check out the new installment of “Liberty For All” here.
One of the main reasons I started focusing a lot of my art on the shit undocumented folks go through was because I was offended by the way journalists were telling our stories. Despite the fact that undocumented youth were putting their bodies on the line to come out, journalists were still calling us illegals and getting the story wrong. They’re doing it again. Trying to find different angles to explain what we’ve known for years: we migrate for survival. And they’re doing a shitty job at telling these stories…
"And when you are tired of crossing borders, migrate to me." -Kemi B.
Presenting: “Secrets & Borders: Our Stories Are All We Have.”
This is a collaboration between DreamersAdrift.com and four amazing story tellers. “Letter To My Family Of Displaced Peoples” was written by Kemi B., illustrated by Julio Salgado and captured and edited by Jesus Iñiguez.
During #PrideMonth, we will be releasing a weeklyg video from these amazing queer and undocumented artists who have a story to tell.