Triple VCAM Exhibit Opening Reception

Thursday, October 31, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 105 Community Kitchen
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Carter, Courtney L
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities


Triple VCAM Exhibit Opening Reception


Thursday, October 31


VCAM (exhibits on all three floors)


4:30pm—Lives Derailed: Stories of Returning Mexican Migrants presentation in the Upper Create Space 206

5pm—Nunca Dejemos de Luchar presentation at the Display Wall on the main floor

5:30pm—In Absentia presentation in the Lower Create Space 006


1. Lives Derailed: Stories of Returning Mexican Migrants

Upper Create Space 206

Over the past decade, more than a million undocumented Mexicans in the United States have been uprooted from the place they call home, sent back to a country many have never known. This exhibit gives a face and a voice to a handful of Mexican men and women who are otherwise anonymous statistics, by displaying portraits and interviews of 19 of the 450 individuals whose stories were recorded as part of the Migration Encounters oral history project in Mexico City.


2. Nunca Dejemos de Luchar

VCAM Display Wall

This exhibit was created through multiple community conversations and art-making workshops with artist Michelle Angela Ortiz. These facilitated conversations explored the topic of family separation and the impact of migrant detention facilities on Pennsylvania communities. This project was designed to encourage community members to examine their own thoughts and construct their own creative messages about immigration policies in the United States.


3. In Absentia: Mimi Onuoha

Lower Create Space 006

This exhibit uses the visual language of W.E.B. Du Bois’ early 20th century infographics as a starting place for considering the veracity of data today, and who is allowed to wield it as a tool. The promise of data is one of being able to gather truth about the world and about ourselves. But let us not forget what we already knew. Data is but one way of knowing the world. The problem with a society that creates a premium on knowing the world through data is that it crushes and eliminates the many other forms of knowing. This exhibit is part of Technology & Justice, Fall 2019.


Image credit:

Portrait of Olympia Viridiana Ceja Garcia, 26, photographed in Mexico City. Photo by Patrick Montero.


Sponsored by The Malcolm Baldwin 1962 Fund and VCAM. 

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