Friday, October 24, 5pm, University Christian Church
Los Olvidados (The Forgotten) is the story of Ramiro Gomez, a Los Angeles street artist who in the past 18 months has garnered the attention of The LA Times, NPR, CNN, and other media outlets. This attention emerged after Gomez, having taken a job as a nanny in Beverly Hills, began to create life-size cardboard representations of the migrant gardeners, housekeepers, and nannies he works alongside, and place them in front of houses around affluent neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Gomez felt these migrant workers were being overlooked, forgotten, for their contribution to the pristine lives and lifestyles of people in these neighborhoods. These are the same migrants who have endured tremendous hardship crossing into the United States, simply to cut grass, park cars, clean houses, and care for others children.
Taking his message further, Gomez travels to Arizona, the epicenter for the contentious debate on immigration reform. His intention, to place within the Sonoran Desert, a cardboard migrant family in mourning, not only to pay homage to those who’ve made the arduous journey for a better life, but also to honor the ones who didn’t make it to the other side. (David Feldman, 14 min, USA)