“In coming to America from Armenia my parents opened the door of Freedom to me. America’s public schools & libraries opened my eyes to the unlimited opportunity in this great land, as well as the privileges and obligations of citizenship.” - Stephen P. Mugar
is a photographic mixed media art installation at Boston University in the Mugar Memorial library that is inspired by Stephen P. Mugar's statement about citizenship and freedom. While in conversations with diverse students from the university, I found a common thread among their voices about the complicated relationship with the great American myth. The 2020 state of the Union speech "The Great American Comeback," is reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence, which doesn't fit all Americans--then or today. However, the 2018 midterm elections, a wave of new political blood into Congress and many statehouses—younger, more females- radically are changing the narrative of this nation's democracy, liken until a Re-Birth.
The Democratic process in this critical time of the Black Lives Matter Movement has a profound effect on young people in this country, especially generation Z. Recently, the nation experienced a modern-day lynching of George Floyd, a Black man who lost his life to police brutality, which created outrage throughout the world. The impact of George Floyd's death became a symbol of change globally. Communities of young people rise up, hitting the streets protesting under the banner of Black Lives Matter, searching for a way out.
These young visionaries are using their voice on social media platforms holding higher institutions and corporations accountable, hoping these accessible spaces will finally hear their cries for social, economic and political change under the umbrella of freedom.