All of Us by Troy Nickle

All of Us

I have chosen to dig the first part of a Maya Angelou tweet from March 10, 2014,"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned" into the earth of the campus lawn at Governor State University, Illinois, US. This work was created as a temporary installation in response to the plight of the Syrian refugees, the 59.5 million people worldwide who are displaced due to war and persecution and those who are homeless. It's creation is to counter the discriminatory perceptions and divisions created between self and other in the main stream media and as political policies of racism and inequality within governments and those elected to lead the country. I wanted to highlight Maya Angelou's response to this crisis to start a dialogue about those displaced and to shed light on our shared humanity.