- Participating Harlem Residents and Immigrants of color include: Maura Falfan (Mexico), Maria Lucia Varona (Puerto Rico), Beto Resende (Puerto Rico), Eteri Luna (Cuba), Hana Mire (Somali), Sindhu Thirumalaisamy (India), Julio Jose Austria (Philippines)
Tunnel Mobile Karaoke celebrates and honors the unseen and unnoticed labor of immigrants of color in The United States through a series of karaoke-style musical events performed in tunnel underpasses in East Harlem. Tunnels are activated as sanctuary-like spaces for immigrants of color by encouraging participants to sing songs in their ‘mother tongue,” or rather a language they feel most comfortable. As lyrics are projected against tunnel walls, song activates the space of the underpass. Both performer and passersby take part in a collective celebration of joy amidst and in spite of the reality of day-to-day hardships and city life struggles. Tunnel Mobile Karaoke becomes a celebration of resistance in that the sharing of song with others is a radical act of love that creates a space of comfort in the interstitial space between public and private.
Watch & Listen: “Tunnel Mobile Karaoke” Playlist curated by Jevijoe Vitug
“I always say [Tunnel Mobile Karaoke] is like comfort food…it’s a space of reminiscing…it’s about finding your comfort song. When you sing, you are connected to a memory.”
Jevijoe Vitug2019 Create Change Artist-in-Residence