Living the way we do, Mr. Forager and I are no strangers to feeling like outsiders in a new place. We try to make a new town home every three months. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to move to a completely new country, where perhaps you don’t even speak the language or where you noticeably stand out due to the color of your skin. The work of Mexican-born Memphis artist Fidencio Martinez deals with such feelings of social alienation, assimilation and isolation.
Although Martinez’s figures tend to be Latino or indigenous, we’ve all likely experienced some level of isolation. Yet do we really have any idea what it might be like to be live in a place fraught with danger, one you flee in order to be able to live your life free of fear?
What if, when all you wanted was to be able to live a quiet, happy life in your new world, you were constantly met with hate and prejudice? Would you be able to accept such treatment with a sanguine attitude?