Daughters is a photograph of two young girls whose father was recently deported. The deportation of undocumented immigrants has long been US policy. Children whose parents are deported are typically placed in the foster care system. In 2017, the Trump administration both increased the deportations and began sending children to government detention centers rather than foster families. Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 over 2700 families were separated.
Daughters was commissioned as part of Coordinates: A Public Art Project, curated by Nancy Baker Cahill, which translates artists’ work into site-specific AR. The piece includes two identical photos in two Washington D.C. locations. The first hovers over the reflecting pool on the west side of the National Mall, such that it blocks the view of the Capitol Building. The second image is one mile away, floating in the sky above the Department of Justice as if it were a flag. The images are a reminder that it takes the complicity of many people to enforce the administration’s policies.