Lizania Cruz uses audience participation to investigate how migration affects both being & belonging. She works with individual's oral history and active participation to create mixed media works. Cruz's work provides an astonishingly beautiful platform where immigrants unique experiences, differences, and similarities can be expressed and shared.
Location: New York
Exhibitions and Awards: Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist, designer, and curator interested in how migration affects ways of being & belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2018-2019), Agora Collective Berlin (2018), Design Trust for Public Space (2018), Recess Session (2019), IdeasCity:New Museum (2019), Stoneleaf Retreat (2019), Robert Blackburn Workshop Studio Immersion Project (SIP) (2019), and A.I.R. Gallery (2020-2021).
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A project that was started in 2016 as Trump started his political campaign, Flowers for Immigration hopes to show the beauty in the resilience and creativity of these undocumented workers. Nancy, who Cruz interviewed for the piece, is a native of Hidalgo, México and has lived in the U.S. for 23 years. She was offended by Trump's words, not only as an immigrant but as a woman.
She said "No creo que ese señor salió del vientre de una mujer" (I don’t think that man comes from a woman's womb).
Nancy picked a bright blue colored margarita for the center of the arrangement. She said "Una flor azúl porque es un hombre" (A blue flower because he is a man)