About this project
The Garden of Opportunities GOAL $5,000 in 30 days
Every beautiful tomato we look at in the supermarket, and almost every fruit and vegetable we eat, is picked by a human hand. Even in the most sophisticated first world country, machinery has not been able to replace the oldest job on earth: harvesting.
Unfortunately, many migrant farm workers are children. To help their parents, they begin this hard labor as early as 5 years of age. The majority of pickers are undocumented immigrants from Mexico or other Latin American countries that usually leave their homeland in a search for security and better living. The developed corporate food industry has made harvesting a job that is done in very precarious conditions, among them working in under extreme high temperature, continued exposure to pesticides, and long working hours.
We (Nancy Saleme and Patricia Cazorla) have been collaborating for many years in art exhibits, artists groups, and installations. However, it was only in 2010 that we started sharing the same surface by creating a new series of work about Latin American immigration in the US.
As collaborative artists, our vision is to capture the essence of human nature and express the struggle of society to improve living conditions.
The project The Garden of Opportunities is a sculptural installation that was selected for the Second Annual Art Competition for 2012 of The Hammond Museum and Japanese Scroll Garden of North Salem, New York. The competition was juried by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Associate Curator, El Museo del Barrio; Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Curator, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; and Miwako Tezuka, Associate Curator, Asia Society, New York.
Our project includes three self-standing sculptures depicting two little girls and one boy picking through the museum’s garden lawns. It will become a powerful educational tool for the museum’s multiple programs during the length of the exhibition, where it will reach, at least, the 6,000 visitors that the museum expects to host every summer.
We need your help to make this project happen, all the funding collected will be applied to materials, aluminum laser cutting, workshop rental, painting and finishes, delivery of the art, travel, documentary and promotional materials.
A hand-drawn postcard by Nancy
A signed photograph of the sculptures
A printed tote
An original artwork from Nancy's Lace series
A original artwork from Nancy's Green series
A signed Giclee from Patricia's painting Everybody You or Me...
An original collaboration piece from the artists
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