Grantee Cohort Spring 2020
Location Albuquerque, NM
Szu-Han Ho is an artist in performance, sound, text, image-making, and installation, who roots her artmaking in collaboration. The experience of growing up in Texas as an immigrant from Taiwan influences her art as she focuses on migration, borders, and alternative economies.
Szu-Han received two grants from Art for Justice. The first grant supports Szu-Han’s “Solidarity Strategies Against Migrant Detention” which focuses on the dual aspects of: 1) coalition building with rural and Indigenous communities surrounding Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, and 2) support and solidarity for the migrants who are being detained inside through a curriculum of art and language workshops. This project helped lay the foundation for community members to build a solidarity economy while re-envisioning what is possible.
Through an Art for Justice Activating Art and Advocacy Art for Justice partner Szu-Han Ho and OLÉ New Mexico developed #FreeThemAll Billboards along the U.S.–Mexico border in New Mexico to bring awareness to the outbreaks of COVID-19 and maltreatment that individuals face in detention centers, prisons, and jails. The billboards were created in partnership with New Mexico-based Black, Indigenous, and people of color artists, creating opportunities for them to get involved as advocates in the movement.