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Behind the Cover

For the first time, the cover of our issue was selected from artist submissions. We are pleased to feature the very talented Moises Ramos’ work, #6, from his series Punto de Partida.

Art is a powerful tool and this work and the others part of this series speak to seeing more than the surface, recognizing more aspects than are often represented about individuals. It is a perfect face for CREATE, Vol. III.

Artist Statement: “I have created this series because of the negative way the media is portraying what an immigrant is. Their depiction is a stereotype of an undesirable person who is a peril to us all. The reality is that we all benefit from their contributions because they helped build and give shape to what we call America today.
Most of the photographs that I based my work on are portraits of people that came to the USA at the turn of the century through Ellis Island and Angel Island. Nevertheless, not all the images came from these immigration stations. Native Americans are included because they were treated as aliens and forced to live as foreigners in their land. Africans are present because even though they were brought here by force, they became unwilling immigrants in the new world.
The series is comprised of pairs of portraits, a woman and a man. Not from the same country, but related ethnic groups around the world. Every piece on this series has a distinctive color and texture. Not only to create visual impact but to invite the viewer to get immersed in an intimate moment with them.
The goal of this series is to spark the conversation about acceptance, understanding, and to see that immigration brings more than just new faces. It also brings fresh ideas and unique challenges that will enrich our society and, eventually, change people’s minds about immigration and immigrants.”
INFLUENCE, VOL. II.
On the Cover: Nicole Holderbaum
Design by: Nicole Radacz
Original Photo by: Censay Darilus
INSPIRE, Vol. I
On the Cover: Hootie Shepherd
Design by: Nicole Radacz
Original Photo by: Censay Darilus