R.I.P. presents Lizania Cruz
Miguel to Donald Trump, ongoing
On view in the Maine Mall Food Court
September 3 - September 5, 2019
R.I.P is pleased to present one photograph by New York City-based artist, Lizania Cruz through the month of September in the Maine Mall food court. Miguel to Donald Trump is part of an ongoing series called Flowers for Immigration. The artist creates images that feature the personal stories of undocumented flower workers as told through their floral arrangements.
Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist, designer, and curator interested in how migration affects ways of being & belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2018-2019), Agora Collective Berlin (2018), Design Trust for Public Space (2018), and Recess Session (2019).
The work was censored and removed by Maine Mall staff on Thursday, September 5th after being on view for only three days. The text in the image reads:
To: Donald Trump
Miguel, a native of Puebla who crossed the border nine years ago in sixteen days.
Miguel asked me if he could add flowers that were wilting, as he didn't want to send anything fresh to Trump. He concluded, "Que se pudra!" ("Let him rot!")
He picked marigold (a flower commonly used for the Day of the Dead in Mexico), as well as daises, carnations, and pepper sticks (so that Trump would know it was from a Mexican).
The flowers and the nations they represent
Marigold: no specific country; Daisy: Denmark; Peppers: no specific country; Carnations: Solvenia, Balearic Islands.
Follow Lizania on Instagram - @lizaniacruz