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Digital Mural Project: Victor Cartagena
7/16/2005 - 8/17/2005

Wanted/Unwanted is a 2-part digital mural series by Victor Cartagena. In his first mural, Wanted: Made in El Salvador, Cartagena gives a face to the human cost behind cheap immigrant labor that sustains not only the immigrants and their families but also the economy of both countries north and south of the US border.

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Digital Mural Project: Omid Rashidi <2005>
WEEDE PEEPO: Icons, Portraits y Gente <2005>
Digital Mural Project: Linda G. Wilson <2005>
Youth Rock Laboratory 2 <2005>
In Conversation with Yolanda Lopez, Isis Rodriguez, and Yadira Casares <2005>
Digital Mural Project: Youth & Public Media <2005>
Trazos: Myth and Memory <2005>
Digital Mural Project: Victor Cartagena <2005>
In Conversation with Ester Hernandez and Dolissa Medina <2005>
What's Not To Love? <2005>
Digital Mural Project: Victor Cartagena <2005>
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ARTIST STATEMENT Exile has been the destination of many of my Latin American compatriotas. Compatriots, because that was the feeling amongst us when we all arrived to what would be our new homes. Many of us were victims of corrupted governments, dictatorships, and oppression. We were violently separated from our countries and our people. Many of those who came to the US from El Salvador, landed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, among other places. Many of us arrived leaving established professions behind; doctors, scientists, engineers, professors and artists, came along with factory and farm laborers. The civil war spat us all out. In this country, we were greeted as one and the same, all working in a variety of jobs; dishwashers, cooks, construction workers, gardeners, painters, janitors, hotel workers, farm workers. La mano de obra barata, this cheap labor, sustained not only the immigrant families and the economy of their newfound country, but those that were left behind and the mother countries as well. In El Salvador’s case, the government has an interest in maintaining this relationship rather than fostering a strong economy from within, failing to support familial unity, by encouraging the exportation of its citizens in the form of cheap labor, breaking up families and community structures. La mano de obra barata has been converted into a pillar of the Salvadoran economy, sustaining those who are living in a spiritual vacuum with unclear goals for their communities and their futures. — Victor Cartagena