We Are ALL From There
When we speak of immigrants, it always seems as though they exist outside the fabric of what it means to be American. Interwoven through us all are the underpinnings of another place from which we came. An immigrant is also an American.
“Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history.”Oscar Handlin
The picture depicts a bearded man, who has transformed his mask into a way to speak more loudly. His message calls to action the many who go unheard because not because they are voiceless, but because they are not listened to. In an era of heightened xenophobia and social disconnect, his masked face lends a voice to those who wish to be considered as fellow Americans within the communities they have grown, in a country founded by immigrants for immigrants. Although much of his face is obscured, his eyes communicate a message of unrelenting solidarity with migrant populations.
Amir Leung-Tat, We Are ALL From There, 2020. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.