“Land of the Free:” On Independence Day join Xavier Cortada in reading the US Constitution at the Homestead Migrant Center

 

Land of the Free

by

Xavier Cortada

with the participation of community members who want to join him in
reading the U.S. Constitution in its entirety aloud

on
Independence Day
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
noon

at
Migrant Detention Center
920 Bougainville Blvd
Homestead, FL 33039

 

#FollowingOrders?
#FollowtheConstitutionInstead!

 

#FollowTheConstitution

 

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LAND OF THE FREE” IS A PERFORMATIVE WORK BY XAVIER CORTADA THAT TAKES HIS “OATH” PROJECT (https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/article127475434.html) AS ITS POINT OF DEPARTURE.

Oath
Oath was a performative piece Cortada performed on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, at at the Miami Light Project (www.miamilightproject.com)  Through the work, Cortada brought citizens together towards a common purpose to uphold our Constitution. As part of Cortada’s performance, Former US Attorney Marcos Jimenez administered this Oath to all those present at noon (the exact time that the President-Elect took office):

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute my role as ‪#Citizen of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, ‪#preserve, ‪#protect and ‪#defend the ‪#Constitution of the United States.

Reading of the US Constitution
Individuals gathered to simultaneously read the United States Constitution out loud in English, in Spanish, and in Haitian Creole.

Oath served to launch Culture of Resistance,” a 48-month, socially-engaged performance project by Xavier Cortada.

 

Princeton Lecture: “Symposium on Art and Immigration”

Princeton University
CENTER FOR MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Symposium on Art and Immigration

Featuring Public Artists:
Xavier Cortada (Miami FL)
Omar Ramirez (Los Angeles CA)

Moderator:  Patricia Fernández-Kelly

November 8, 2017  |  12:00 p.m.
144 Simpson International Building

Artwork enables immigrants to connect with receiving societies in ways that are aesthetically pleasing and recognizable regardless of linguistic or cultural differences. This symposium brings together two distinguished artists into dialogue about matters that are as timely as they are significant. Xavier Cortada is an internationally recognized mural painter working in South Florida.  He combines technological innovation with a visionary outlook connecting immigration and environmental sustainability.  Omar Ramírez is a graphic artist and muralist who blends a communitarian approach with matters of broad concern, including violence and the lack of economic and educational opportunities facing Latinos in low-income neighborhoods.  Both artists bring a unique perspective to large social concerns.  With Paul DiMaggio (Princeton and New York University), Patricia Fernández-Kelly is the editor of Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the United States (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Please contact Jayne Bialkowski with any questions.

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