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Pollos y Loadtrucks (La Migra)
Pollos y Loadtrucks (La Migra)
Hand Embroidered Cotton
11 ¾” x 16 ½”

Pollos y Loadtrucks is a series of cotton x-stitcheries that depict x-rays and infrared images of undocumented immigrants crossing the US/Mexico border illegally. Images were collected from the US Border Patrol, Minuetmen, and commercial security websites. Using a computer program the digital files were translated into counted x-stitch maps, each stitch representing a single pixel of the original image. All materials were made and purchased in the United States then sent with instructions to Brazil, where Bilú Alcântara embroidered the series in exchange for the amount it would cost her in USD to illegally immigrate to the United States.