The Sea Has An Ugly Face

"The Sea Has An Ugly Face"
42" x 46"
Repurposed sail, weather resistant fabric.
In response to the October 26, 2016 NPR piece, "Improved U.S.-Cuban Relations Are Creating a Surge of Cuban Migrants" on the increase of rafter activity between Cuba and Florida, this flag makes visible the voice of the balsero. The text "the sea has an ugly face" translated to Spanish on the flag, refers to a line that was quoted by a balsero for the printed portion of the news piece yet excluded from the audio. This single line resonated as the most power, poetic and human translation of the complexity of this continuing exodus.