“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said in the same speech. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
“I will build a great, great wall on our Southern border.”
“So we’re going to build a wall and it will be a great wall.”
“With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL.”
“You can’t come in, our country is full.”
I have consistently tried to keep my self involved in the important issues that shape our lives. By doing so I add an important voice to the public discourse.
Of course, I have and continue to be opposed to the use of social media, since its inception, on the principal that while it offers social connectivity to billions of its users, I have had questions as to its prudent use. Social media connect users across all boundaries it also allows users to cross all moral boundaries.
The revelations that have surfaced publicly since 2016 about its misuse have only added fuel to my initial suspicions of this particular form of mass communication that functions by placing so much power in the hands of a few, minus oversight, or accountability. Free of responsibility, the media has been subjugated as a tool for spreading fear, hatred, fraud, and profiteering. This is the United States of America.
My art is about the experience, touching the world. I still spin records, read books, split firewood, I drive a reliable older vehicle. I chose to remain very analog and connected to the earth, I don’t facebook, instagram, or twitter.
I have worked on this particular project for the past couple of years. From a research phase, to experimentation with material, to location scouting, to the photography, and the photograph itself, through each phase, it has taken on greater significance as I look back at my parents’ path, which is similar to all American citizens, and work to shape the future of the world for my kids and grandkids.
Juan Rojas Aguilar February 2019
Juan Rojas Aguilar is a multi-dimensional conceptual artist and designer. He has designed and built furniture, designed for film, television, and theater, and is an accomplished photographer and color consultant.
Juan lives and works in Topanga, where he has his studio practice. He works with color, stone, glass, steel, found objects, wood, fabric, light, and space. He studied Still Photography at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and color at the International Association of Color Consultants of North America. Trained following the tradition of American designer Charles Eames and influenced by Mexican Modernist master, Luis Barragan, his work, infused with music and poetry, reflects the elements, the spirit, and the atmosphere of Southern California.
I like to look at everything in the natural sunlight.