Photo: Dominican Artist's Miami Mural Portrays Struggle of Undocumented Immigrants
The painful experiences of Hispanic immigrants inspired Dominican artist Ruben Ubiera to paint a mural with a message of sympathy and understanding for the undocumented and in favor of a just immigration reform in the United States.
The mural, 20 meters (65 ft.) wide and 6 meters (19 ft.) high, occupies the facade of a building in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood and will be inaugurated Saturday with Mayor Tomas Regalado, Congressman Joe Garcia and several community organizations in attendance.
Ubiera, 36, will use his colorful, powerful, interactive graffiti mural to introduce the public to seven tales of undocumented immigrants who “have suffered from the tough immigration policies” of the United States.
The artist said he wanted to paint in the mural “real immigrants who suffer, some of whom are fathers of a family and who are going to be deported.”
The basic idea of this mural is to raise people’s awareness about the need for the government to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Carolina Gonzalez, spokeswoman of the Florida ACLU, the organization responsible for the initiative, told Efe.
In an artistic setting of such vibrant activity as Miami, his idea expresses the solidarity of many millions who are with our immigrants all the way, and who worry every day about their ever-present threat of deportation.
“There are 1,001 true stories, but this wall doesn’t have the space for all of them or to reflect all the problems of immigration,” Ubiera said, adding that the interactive mural will allow those who come close to hear stories of the people represented in the graffiti “in their own words.”
To do so the public “will be able to use their cell phones to scan the code inscribed in the mural and hear the stories told directly” by the people who live them, the Dominican said.