Inspiring words from young activist Marco Saavedra

How do you think culture can create change?

“You want to honor detainees. But how do you honor it and use some of it for art? It’s a bit tricky. As artists in the movement, you’re always cognizant about setting boundaries. When I was in detention, I tried to copy other things I read. Art is essential in any context. One of the most important things you can do. The fact that you can create stuff, that makes you an agent. You’re doing something. I think that has to be one of the most empowering feelings. As undocumented artists, who do we have as predecessors? Who do we look to if not to other oppressed folks who have done art? It’s hard as hell to do art and I think it’s necessary.”

22-year old Marco Saavedra–artist, poet, and activist–made headlines for infiltrating an immigration detention center in Florida, a hybrid political action and investigation that helped draw attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants caught in the nightmarish US detention system


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