Uprooted Dreams

Uprooted Dreams is a work of art designed in the form of workshop production; it brings people together from three distinct communities: Austin’s Latino immigrant community, the craft-making community from Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Austin’s Art Community.

Nineteen members of Austin’s immigrant community–guided by Master

Artesanos, Ranulfo Sergio Ibañes and Lucia Luria Sosa, experts in the traditional Mexican craft tradition of alebrije–created carved and painted wooden sculptures.

These pieces embodied artistic themes of uprootedness as they spoke to the transformation of people, land, and community. For the artist, artesanos, participants, and audience, the process and product of Uprooted Dreams provides an ongoing platform on which to build respect, equality, solidarity, and dignified ways of making art and creating community.

  • Location: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin, Texas, 78702
  • Collection: City of Austin Art in Public Places Collection
  • Material: acrylic paint and found wood
  • Year: 2012
Uprooted Dreams Catalog

Individual Pieces

Community Participation

Photographs by Diana Molina