Yola(Yawl)

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Artist: Ezequiel Taveras

Ceramic sculpture

Throughout the centuries migration, whether legal or illegal, has been a way to grow and expand cultures. Even though currently territorial limits have conditioned us to be of a specific place or land, separation is not a matter of culture, education or language, but really an economic matter. The problematic daily living conditions of many people force them to migration in search of new horizons. The marketing of dreams by unscrupulous human trafficking lords drags thousands of Dominican people to adventure on suicidal journeys to the neighboring island of Puerto Rico. It is estimated that 25,000 illegal travelers try to make it every year to PR. More than half are captured trying to arrive, most of the rest (without exact statistics) die trying, and some of them arrive to their destination. This apparently incontrollable situation is really a black market of millions of dollars that go unreported, without paying taxes and sustain a parallel drugs and women traffic. Hearts Adrift is a tribute to the thousands of human hearts that lose their lives for a dream, in the Dominican Republic as well as the rest of the world.

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