Paletas: Art installation portrays the non-stereotypical lives of immigrant families


Adafruit customer and artist Rick Cortez wrote in about this great installation he worked on with some Adafruit parts. Check out more information on the project here.

This thesis show is an on-going collaboration with Alex Nuño-Liu. Three years ago, she described to me her vision depicting the non-stereotypical lives of immigrant families. Often, immigrants from Mexico and South America are portrayed as laborers, janitors, landscapers etc. which overshadow the individual and their unique diverse journey to a better life. This thesis show is an evolving interactive and mobile version of Alex’ original vision; a digital archival of these family histories.


  • The interaction requires at least two people.
  • Stand where the Paletero would stand and place your hands on the metal handle.
    This will activate the family stories.
  • Once you let go, the video will reset until the next person places their hands on the cart handle.


Participants were asked four questions.

  1. What is your name?
  2. Where are you from?
  3. What brought you to America?
  4. What do you miss the most?

These stories, rich in visual detail, were then animated into mini-vignettes.

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