The image “Daughters” (2018) is a photograph of two young girls whose father had recently been deported. The girls stand at the center of the conversation about immigration and family separation. The deportation of undocumented immigrants has long been a policy of the U.S., leaving children behind in the foster care system. In 2017, the Trump administration both increased the deportations and began sending children to government detention centers, not homes. Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 over 2700 families were separated.
As part of Nancy Baker Cahill’s Coordinates Public Art Project, “Daughters” hovers over the reflecting pool on the west side of the National Mall in Washington D.C., blocking the view of the Capitol Building while not reflecting itself, leaving an inverted Captiol beneath. The second image flies one mile away in the sky over the Department of Justice. Like a flag, it reminds us of the many participants required to establish and execute the administration’s policies.