Art Project Aims to Give a Face to Undocumented Immigrants

For many, the immigration issue comes down to data and numbers. But a new art project is working to give a face, or should we say faces, to the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. "Inside out 11M" is a global participatory art project that has hundreds of people taking their photos and posting them on public spaces.

“Our project is focused on supporting the immigration reform but it’s totally aside from any political affiliation,” event organizer Tony Herbas told NBC Latino. “We are just supporting the common sense, the humanity, different communities and cultures.”

Herbas and organizers travel the country in two small trucks, making stops in California, Texas, D.C., Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Nevada, Alabama and Colorado. The project will make last stops in North Carolina, Arizona and New York before completing in September. The truck has a space to take the photos and a giant printer. The portraits come through the side of the truck and volunteers help glue to public spaces, creating a mosaic of faces.

Most people who know about the project and have participated heard about it through social media, including Instagram.

“I found out it through Instagram and I’ve never experienced any immigration issue,” participant Kristabel Delgado told NBC Latino. “But this is creative and it can make a big impact because people love pictures. When something is interesting, people listen.”

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