Change Reference #2

“Observing (A)trophy Life – Celebrating Our Luxury of Social, Personal and Political Addiction” (2016)

Artist David Freeman takes an ironic approach towards issues of immigration and the rise of drug violence. He designs pinata sculptures of border patrol guards that are obviously fragile and can be easily broken and smashed, with candy inside. He also creates supposed shrines or treasures of the gang leaders which include “tiny machine guns, marijuana leaves, and other objects covered in gold spray paint.”

He makes mockery of the diligent efforts to keep borders safe by using the symbols we take for granted as Americans – like the pinatas we accept as fun for birthday parties. This shows that we cherry pick parts we like from other cultures, but are collectively mistrustful/hateful towards immigrants.

David M Freeman

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