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Invisible Hands: Eleven Million
August 27, 2018 - January 12, 2019
Now on view in the Top Floor Gallery
“As an immigrant, I am often asked about my nationality because of my accent and physical appearance. Perhaps this should not be relevant anymore…” —excerpt from Artist Statement
In her portrait series Invisible Hands: Eleven Million, artist Hedy Torres recognizes and elevates the undocumented immigrants living in Los Angeles. Developed through various media, including charcoal on paper, digital drawings, and interviews, the resulting large-scale oil portraits are painted in a monochromatic grayscale. Gray serves to place the subjects in limbo and depict the isolation these individuals experience because of their immigration status, many of whom are DACA recipients, while simultaneously challenging the assumptions of ethnic and racial categorization and stereotyping that often occur because of an individual’s physical appearance.