DETENTION CENTER

– Albert Orozco & Edward Rivero

Architectural enclosures designed to limit the mobility, freedom, and dreams of people of color are manifest in prison structures that hold Black, Indigenous, and other people of color captive. This project details the inner landscape of the concentration camps that hold migrant children and their guardians in caged environments on American soil. The illustration highlights how surveillance practices are felt more deeply by those who are criminalized due to their distance from Whiteness. Moreover, the image’s first-person view reorients the gaze to position the viewer from the perspective of a child as an act of defiance that says “we are also watching you.” As such, our work aims to expose structures of oppression and violence that uphold racial hierarchies by shifting the gaze back onto them. 

Courtesy of Albert Orozco & Edward Rivero

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