Mexican multimedia artist Erika Harrsch creates, along with traditional media pieces, visceral multi-media experiences which question the status quo on national identities, humanitarian aid, immigration reform and self.
Her sound installation in collaboration with singer Magos Herrera.
‘Under the Same Sky… We Dream’ is a particularly moving, interactive, digital art installation. This piece is intended to immortalise the journeys of immigrant Mexican children as they migrate to America seeking solace, and to question why they are often imprisoned whilst on their search for safety.
In this installation a continuous 24-hour time lapse of the sky crafted by Harrsch from 35,000 photographs plays on a screen that mimics the Mexican-American border, while a haunting sung soundtrack of the Dream Act Bill of Congress plays. Around the room mattresses and metallic refugee blankets are haphazardly placed along with copies of Harrsch’s book Dream.
The whole effect of this scene is contemplative, jarring and vital; Harrsch urges exhibition visitors to confront the bleak realities faced by these ‘dreamers’ who despite their youth, and faced with mounting hostility and uncertainty as they hope for a new life across the border.