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Carlos Martiel

Segregation (2015)

I stood in the center of the gallery between two barbed wire barricades separating me from the public and dividing the space into two areas each with independent entryways. One of the entryways permitted the entrance of U.S. born whites and Europeans. The other, permitted the entrance of blacks, latinos, asians, and middle easterners, as well as any individual who was not European or U.S. born white. People were not allowed to mix for the duration.

Carlos Martiel, Mar sin orillas (Sea Without Shores), 2016. Photo: Annamaria La Mastra.

I remain enclosed within a glass box surrounded by blow flies (Calliphoridae), an insect that feeds itself exclusively with decaying meat.”