EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Papel Latinx is an exhibit at the El Paso Art Museum that celebrates Latinx artists and cultural diversity.
“The artists in this exhibit also reflect on the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of deeply rooted Latin communities in the United States,” said Staphany Garnica, art school coordinator at the El Paso Art Museum.
One of the artwork that is at the center of the exhibit is a sculpture titled “La Migra” by Arizona-based artist Suzanne Klotz.
Klotz started working on the sculpture in 1997, inspired by an image she saw on the news.
“Inside were six immigrants and the coyote had just left them to die in the desert and I thought it was the most horrible thing I have ever seen,” Klotz said.
The pillar-shaped sculpture consists of several levels. Each level, from bottom to top, represents a point in the journey of people migrating across the US-Mexico border.
From smuggling coyotes to crossing the desert, “La Migra” shows the brutal reality of migration across the border that leaves many families losing loved ones on the journey.
Klotz’s sculpture is also dedicated to the lives lost through a replica of a cemetery that marks each cross with a family member.
She remembered a time when she received the first review of her sculpture, which she said was unexpected.
While working on her artwork, she remembered a woman knocking on her door to sell tamales. The woman noticed her sculpture peeking through the window and glowing in a bright red light from the lamps that are part of it.
Klotz invited the woman and the rest of the woman’s family to view the sculpture in her home.
“It’s the best compliment I’ve ever had on a work of art. They all knelt down, prayed and cried. It meant something to them, it was their trip, ”Klotz said.
The sculpture is made up of many artefacts from Mexico and items that represent Mexican culture, such as images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, many caps from soft drink bottles from Mexico, and many more.
Klotz said she hopes the public can read the many stories this sculpture has to tell.
“I hope people can watch it and see the journey of other human beings and that we should all have an opportunity, and we are all created equal in women and men and in all,” she concluded. .