Mi Viajé (My Journey)
Medium:Digital Art Print
Digital print of a child with a butterfly hat and backpack hiding from behind, hiding near a cactus. Border Patrol vehicle near upper left corner of the image.
Javier Salazar Rojas, known by the artist name Deported Artist, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and brought to Oakland,California as a baby. He was raised in East Oakland, too young to understand that he didn't have papers. At twenty-four, Salazaar was incarcerated for eleven years. During this time he educated himself and learned to draw. Shortly after his release, he was deported. Today, through all the hardships of his life, Salazar reflects on his struggles through his art. On this piece he reflects, "I remember when I was 11 years old my family took me to Mexico to visit my grandparents. When it was time to go home my mother let ek now that I didn't have any papers and that I would have to try my luck getting across the border through the hills. I remember I got separated and lost from my group. I hid for hours from the border patrol in some bushes but the helicopter found me and so I was deported. This is how I found out I was undocumented..."