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Quique Lee, on the creation of Sitio Sena:
On the Quilt:
"The creation of Sitio-Seña started with an investigation of the illegal migration from Guatemala to the United States and also the symbolism in Mayan textiles and the American quilt. We payed special attention to the history of the American Railroad and the Quilt Code, used to help slaves to move North. We picked a set of “basic symbols” that we considered could be applied to the current problematic and interpreted, recreated, and deconstructed them in artistic pieces using different textile techniques. At some point new symbols started to appear out of investigation, discussion and community collaboration through our electronic app. The pieces are meant to be shown either as individual pieces or all together forming a quilt. The Sitio-Seña project is meant to be continued by the collective in the future."
"From the beginning, we knew that there were other symbols or situations that would not be detected by a bibliographic investigation. And also, for the project to work and continue growing the community collaboration was needed. For that and reaching farther crowds, we set up the site http://sitiosena.com and created the electronic Sitio-Seña app. The grid is a combination of both the squared base for quilting and the diamond shape found in basic mayan weaving. In the future, we would like to include different organizations and actual migrants to enrichen the symbols base and trigger discussion."
"One of our preoccupations was to develop a project that could be understood by everyone. Therefore we created a set of photo montages using our textile creations over real pictures shoot on the road to the United States. The photos were taken from press articles and other projects dealing with migrants. In the future, the Sitio-Seña project would like to do actual recreations in situ."