Cartagena’s project for the exhibition addresses immigration through a multimedia installation referencing the lives of those who live in the shadows and the oppression their communities face. Lending them visibility as an act of protest, Cartagena highlights their resilience and courage amidst contemporary politics. About the Artist Victor Cartagena (b. 1965, San Salvador, El Salvador) is a multidisciplinary visual artist who has been making work in San Francisco since the 1980s. His artwork has addressed his experience as an immigrant, memories of violence in his home country, and the death penalty. He works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, installation, public art, sculpture, and theater. Cartagena has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including at the San José Museum of Art; the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History; the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, Washington; Richmond Art Center, California; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; SOMArts, San Francisco; the Oakland Museum of California; and MACLA Center for Latino Arts, San Jose. Internationally, his work has been seen in Mexico, Japan, El Salvador, Cuba, Costa Rica, Belarus, Ecuador, Argentina, Spain, France, and Greece. Cartagena has received grants from Creative Capital, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and Creative Work Fund, among others. His work is in numerous private and institutional collections, including the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.