On the heals of JR: Horizontal at Perrotin Gallery in the Lower East Side, we spotted JR’s new piece on the corner of Great Jones and Bowery in Noho.
Look hard ~ can you see her? It’s Maria, and we found her story on the artists Instagram ~ “Growing up, I never told anyone I was undocumented. I lived in current fear of sharing my status with anyone ~ what would they think of me? Would law enforcement find me and then deport me?”
“It wasn’t until I met other undocumented youth that empowered me to come out of the shadows and proudly state, ~ I am undocumented and unafraid.”
“Current political times have created a lot of uncertainty for the undocumented community, but I have committed myself to empower others to speak their truth, and to live their life to the fullest, regardless of their status.” Maria Praeli, de Peru