On the @immigrationmicpodcast @hannita.art a digital artist based in NY, who strives to provide beauty through arts and educate around DACA and immigration joins the podcast!
From Guadalajara, Jalisco Hanna’s artistic influence came through her father who owned two prestigious art stores but due to the economic crisis they immigrated to San Jose California.
Hanna’s family became a mixed status family, with her parents receiving residency, but due to complex immigration laws, neither she or her brother received the same relief.
Theater, animation, and paintings - Hannah has always used the arts as a form of therapy, she goes in-depth into how arts to her is a form of escapism for her.
She talks about the challenges she faced before DACA, and talks about her positive spin on fear to motivate her in life (she also tells us the story of how she found out she was undocumented, and how one of her closest friends distanced herself as a result)
Seattle, Portland, Montana, LA and moving to NY, rock climbing, skydiving - DACA helped Hanna find the freedom and adventure she was looking for.
The uncertainty post the 2016 election, and her drive in the days after to not let the new administration tear down everything she had worked for and built for herself.
“My art is about being an undocumented immigrant, about mental health, and about what an identity crisis looks like to an undocumented immigrant.”
Hanna leaves us off with a passionate moment of wanting to connect with other undocumented artists and the “time capsule” she wanted to help create and be a part of.
… and much more! This was one of Hanna’s first interviews, she was nervous, but it ended up being a good time, so check it out!