Artist Statement: The mural is centered around the ideas of intimacy as resistance (beyond the scope of romance), the complexity of identities, femme-ness and how "pride" is defined by the ways in which we show up for each other. It's born from the long history we have as queer folks being there for each other and holding each other (literally and figuratively) during the best and worst times. I particularly wanted to highlight undocumented-ness because of the state of the current empire and because it's been so intertwined with my own experiences.
There are two individuals featured; one tenderly holding the face of another, with context clues alluding to the reason why this moment of intimacy is taking place. Superimposed on this middle segment is an excerpt from Sonia Guiñansaca's poem, Glory, which speaks to the irrefutable, glorious nature of all that is queerness and queer intimacy. The flower crown is included to honor QTPOC folks who've been taken or have passed.
Artist Bio: Rommy Sobrado-Torrico is a queer, undocumented, non-binary artivist born in Iquique, Chile, raised in Naples, Florida, and recently moved to NY/NJ. They have been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuses much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Their work has been exhibited in California, DC, and NYC. You can find more about them on rommytorrico.com and follow them on IG: @rommyyy123