Patria y Vida


A commission by No Vacancy: Antonia Wright in collaboration with Ruben Millares, 2022, 25 steel barricades, LED lights, steel zip ties, 40 x 10 x 10 ft, Installation image from the Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares were the winners of the No Vacancy Juror’s Choice Award for their public artwork installed on the beach outside the Faena Hotel during Art Basel/Miami Art Week. Their work is a large-scale sculpture that celebrates people’s right to peacefully protest by using the barricade as a symbol of global resistance. For No Vacancy, the artists recreated the activist gesture from the Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong, where protestors subverted the use of barricades, set out by police, and repurposed them to create an insurgent for their own protection.


Photo Credit: RUDY DUBOUÉ