Hidden injustices are the framework of a Speaking Fruit mobile art exhibit, conceptualized by Toronto-based artist Farrah-Marie Miranda

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Migrant workers use art to protest for rights, recognition, permanent status

Hidden injustices are the framework of a Speaking Fruit mobile art exhibit, conceptualized by Toronto-based artist and MES alumna Farrah-Marie Miranda.

Toronto-based artist Farrah-Marie Miranda holds a poster with quotes from migrant workers. The quotes are part of the Speaking Fruit art exhibit at York University.  (TAMAR HARRIS / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO

An ill child and growing health-care costs led Rene Lopez to leave his family and home in Colima, Mexico and journey to Canada for work.

Lopez, 44, arrived in Canada as a migrant worker 11 years ago. Today, the father of six works in British Columbia at a vineyard.

“The conditions are not the best,” Lopez told the Star through a translator. “There’s a range of issues, the conditions of work are not always adequate. We have issues with health and health care. We don’t have guarantees of our rights.”

The hidden injustices faced by migrant workers like Lopez are the framework of a Speaking Fruit mobile art exhibit, conceptualized by Toronto-based artist Farrah-Marie Miranda.

Speaking Fruit was based off the question: If the fruits you grow and pick could speak from dinner tables, refrigerators and grocery aisles, what would you want them to say?

Files from thestar.com. Read full article here.