Once again, renowned street artist Shepard Fairey and Vhils have team up on a collaborative mural in Los Angeles. The new art piece is dubbed ‘American Dreamers,’ and is located at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake with the support of Branded Arts. Shepard Fairey released the following statement on his blog regarding the new mural:
‘My “Target Exceptions” image, in the center of the mural, addresses the challenges of both visiting and becoming a resident of the United States, for many people. As it turns out, there are various target criteria that make a person an ideal candidate to immigrate, but most people who might long to fulfill the “American Dream” are exceptions to the target qualifications, especially considering the attitudes and attempted policies of the current administration.
Resident status in the United States is hypothetically granted for four main reasons: family ties, employment, status as a refugee, and to promote diversity. In other words, it will most likely be family or business/employment connections that are the most viable route to a U.S. visa, considering that refugees and people who would expand diversity seem altogether unwelcome in the U.S. at the moment.
Vhils liked the style and sentiment of my image and added his own chiseled textures and portraits with women of different ages to symbolize the multi-generational nature of the struggles of immigrants.’