Milk cartons in the USA are objects that are used to aid in the search for missing children, as the side of the carton will typically have a photograph and details of a missing child.
Children are being separated at the border and housed in hotels that are empty due to Covid 19. They are held there by private contractors, then sent back to their country of origin as a means of circumnavigating the asylum laws.
A kusudama origami is made up of multiple pieces of folded paper and the image above is of a kusudama wall. My aim with this was to give this sculpture some context and using images from last module, I experimented with surfaces and buildings that are being maintained by the migrant workers. I intend to photograph more surfaces, and buildings for further experimentation.
Covid 19 has hit the hotel business really hard but has also left an opening for this Shadow Immigration System. This system takes children from the border crossing to hotels, which are sometimes many hours away, allowing the private contractors to circumnavigate the asylum rules. The plan is to return the children to the countries that they came from as quickly as possible, preventing them from joining established family members here in the US.
The Japanese kusudama is a paper model that is usually created by attaching multiple identical pyramidal units together through their points to form a spherical shape. Occasionally, a tassel is attached to the bottom for decoration. This does not mean that you cannot make other shapes with the units, as I do enjoy investigating new ideas and pushing the limits of these explorations.