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Cultures Crossing Borders: Breaking the Silence - Art Exhibition

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Date:
Friday, March 09, 2012
Time:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Joe Tally
Location Details:
Hurwich Library at Alliant International University
One Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Immigration has generally been portrayed as a problem by the government and the media, but the historical and current events that create the need for immigration are often ignored in discussions. Unfortunately, the people who have the most at stake in this issue- the immigrants, their families, and their descendants- rarely have the opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives with the general public. In truth, immigration is a complicated issue that should be viewed from several angles before judgments are made and decisions are reached.

In the exhibition Culture Crossing Borders: Breaking the Silence, three San Francisco Bay Area artists sharing Mexican roots, present their perspectives on issues related to the immigrant population.

• Ylan Luna, a self-taught artist who was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, creates artwork that shows the suffering caused by political corruption in his hometown, and the activist spirit that resulted from it.
• Efrén Alvarez presents from firsthand experience the various challenges and hardships faced by undocumented immigrants: the dangers of crossing the border, the long separation from their families, and the prejudiced stereotypes which negatively affect their lives.
• Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, born in the United States after her parents emigrated from Mexico, paints colorful scenes of indigenous Mesoamerican ritual dance, also known as “Aztec Dance.” The ritual dances are an important and symbolic part of Mexican heritage which are now practiced on both sides of the border due to immigration.

Exhibit dates/time:
January 23 - March 9, 2012
Mon.-Thurs. - 8:30am-9pm
Fri.-Sat. - 8:30am-5pm
Sun. - 11am-5pm

Cost:
No charge
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