0022 Adelita Husni-Bey: Chiron
Chiron is a film that was born out of a series of workshops with lawyers from a not-for-profit called UnLocal that represents undocumented migrants facing deportation pro bono here in NY. With the lawyers from UnLocal, with a group of lawyers from Unlocal I began to pilot a series of exercises that could speak to the ways in which the pain that their clients were experiencing had no borders and was actually affecting them very deeply. In some ways Chiron tries to speak to this idea that all of the suffering that these policies create is uncontainable and definitely seeps through the borders that try to “protect” Americans from what is outside.
And so the idea with Chiron was to try to come to terms with the paradox of working within law, abiding by the law, trying to allow others to stay and live where some have lived for 20 years or more abiding by the law. But at the same time realizing how incredibly oppressive legislation is, can be, and how skewed it is often towards helping white bodies over brown or black bodies.
Audio guide: “Adelita Husni-Bey: Chiron,” New Museum, New York, 2019.