Germidos de la Tierra is an installation piece that integrates two Lists of Deaths in ICE Detention Centers between 2003-2017 and 2018- October 2021. I used acquired soil to reembody the names of the deceased.
It’s a time-based installation piece made out of fifty-one copper plates. A single plate measures 12″L x 12 W”. Each plate confines a diversity of local and imported produce from Central and South America.
Soil of 36 Los Angeles neighborhoods, cal hidratada (hydrated lime), corn masa, various culinary dishes, food items, copper and walnut wood.
Soil from the border that connects Tijuana -Baja California, Mexico and San Ysidro California, cal hidratada (hydrated lime), corn masa, screws, wood, plywood, gypsum board.
Soil of the 2,000 mile long border that connects Mexico and the US, cal hidratada (hydrated lime), corn masa, screws, wood, plywood, gypsum board