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SFCC Exhibition, MoCA Reception, June 15th, 2017                           "Virtual Wall" Installation View

SFCC Exhibition, MoCA Reception, June 15th, 2017 "Virtual Wall" Installation View

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Alma Leiva

Virtual Wall (Muro Virtual)

Video Animation (Found Text)



Wall: Noun. A continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land. An upright side of a building or room. Any high vertical surface, especially one that is imposing in scale. A thing regarded as a protective or restrictive barrier.


Muro: m. Pared o tapia. Muralla. Elemento de construcción formado por ladrillos, bloques, etc. unidos generalmente por mortero de yeso, cal o cemento y cuyas dimensiones de longitud y altura predominan sobre las de espesor. Tiene dos funciones básicas: limitar determinado espacio o servir de soporte a otras estructuras.


Virtual:  1:  being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted a virtual dictator. 2:  being on or simulated on a computer or computer network print or virtual books a virtual keyboard: such asa: occurring or existing primarily online virtual shopping. b: of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality a virtual tour. 3: of, relating to, or using virtual memory. 4: of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence virtual photons — compare real 3.


Virtual:  adj. Que puede producir un efecto. Ús. frecuentemente en oposición a actual, efectivo o real.

Implícito, tácito. Fís. Término utilizado en física clásica para designar aquellos procesos que no deben existir incondicionalmente, o no han de ser 

factibles por necesidad.Ling. Según Saussure, término para calificar a la lengua por oposición al carácter actual del habla. Inform. realidad virtual 

Simulación audiovisual de un entorno real por medio de imágenes de síntesis tridimensionales. Ópt. imagen virtual La que no puede ser recogida 

por una pantalla.




Virtual Wall




“Virtual Wall” reflects on the hatred that has unfolded amid nationalistic rhetoric in the U.S. in the last few years. The anti-immigrant sentiment encouraged by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric and symbolized by his promised U.S.–Mexico “border wall”, has emboldened different forms of xenophobic and racist attacks against Latinx immigrants.

“Virtual Wall” examines language as a tool for transposing, manipulating, hiding and, subsequently, revealing the dormant xenophobia and racism in American society. Through found text, collected from various online social platforms, I approach the subject by examining language as a form of violence and deconstructing it through hypnotic word play to reveal larger truths.
Each word slowly fades in prompting the viewer to mull their individual meaning and their significance as part of a larger revelation, which unfolds to each viewer as it relates to his/her own personal experience. As the vast wall of virtual comments unveils, viewers are confronted with an unexpected outcome. The “Wall” then fades out leaving behind remnants of the “hate-speech”-then these words slowly fade out leaving viewers to decode the messages in the resonating afterimage.

Ultimately “Virtual wall” is a reminder that despite the progress we’ve made as a society and the continuous struggle for equality and justice for all, racism and xenophobia are deeply weaved into the fabric of our American social construct.




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