As a class, we designed a series of large-scale typographic pieces that highlighted the stories of immigrants to America. We collaboratively designed a system to work within to create cohesiveness across the pieces while still allowing individual expressiveness for each story. The final pieces were printed in black and white on 3ft by 6ft bond paper and hung as a group, with color applied by hand.
My piece focused on the story of Judith Daluz, a labor trafficking survivor and board member of Damayan originally from the Philippines. It also weaves in two other narratives: a brief history of Spanish & American imperialism in the Philippines and the effects on present-day overseas Filipino workers in the background, and lyrics from “Us” by Ruby Ibarra, Rocky Rivera, Klassy, and Faith Santilla handwritten in yellow.
Sources for text:
Text in yellow
Lyrics and spoken word from ”Us” by Ruby Ibarra, Rocky Rivera, Klassy, & Faith Santilla
Meaning & history of “isang bagsak” from this blog post
Historical narrative & statistics written based on various sources, including:
“US Imperialism and People’s Resistance in the Philippines”
“Why 10 million Filipinos endure hardship abroad as overseas workers”
“Filipina Domestic Workers on the Move”