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Escape from Fantasylandia: An Illegal Alien's Survival Guide
  • Enrique Chagoya
    born 1953
    born: Mexico City, Mexico ; active: United States
  • Escape from Fantasylandia: An Illegal Alien's Survival Guide, 2011
  • color lithograph, gold metallic powder
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 241.3 x 2032 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 1/2 x 80 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of Lucy Shaw Schultz
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0161
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"American Dream", 11-Mar-2017
Enrique Chagoya explores the fears of living as a person of color in America. In Here Comes the Bogey Man, Chagoya reworks one of 18th-century artist Francisco Goya’s Caprichos, a series of prints condemning the follies of Spanish society, to depict a mother and her children cowering in fear from a hooded white man. In Escape from Fantasylandia, the artist ironically uses a survival guide format to inform viewers about the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants. The different panels, such as the one featuring a man making a deal with the devil, expose the trials and perils faced by those seeking access to the American Dream.
—Erin Dellasega