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Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities

January 11, 2017
Living in the Shadows

Image credit: CERRUCHA, Mapping Skin Deep (Mexican, 6 years, Leon), 2014

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) has announced Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a multidisciplinary creative inquiry into irregular migration and hidden and undocumented immigrant communities featuring a group exhibition, artists’ discussion, and film screenings.

Although invisible to the state, hidden and undocumented immigrant populations directly impact the economic and social structure of the communities in which they have settled. Despite creating underground cultures and networks of commerce and lending, immigration, and housing, these populations remain the most marginal and vulnerable groups in New Jersey and elsewhere in the nation. The works in this exhibition address a range of issues relating to human rights and religious freedom, and ultimately seek to underscore everyone’s shared desire to have a more prosperous life, for their children to be safe, and to have sanctuary.

The group exhibition will be on display at Douglass Library in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries from January 17 to April 7, and a reception and artists’ discussion will be held at the library on March 1. The artists selected for the exhibition—Pam Cooper, Sandra C. Fernandez, CERRUCHA, Cynthia Tom, Lauren Everett, and Gesche Wϋrfel—participated in CWAH’s open call in spring 2016 and were selected by a blind jury of arts and academic professionals from across the university.

Three film screenings of the 2016 Peabody Award-winning film Don’t Tell Anyone (No le Digas a Nadie) will take place during the spring semester. The film features Angy Rivera, a 24 year-old who steps out of the shadows to share her parallel journey of being undocumented and sexually abused, emerging as an activist, blogger, and advice columnist for other young people in her situation (AskAngy).

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Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities

  • January 17–April 7: Group exhibition on display
  • March 1, 5 p.m.: Reception and artists’ discussion

Don’t Tell Anyone (No le Digas a Nadie) Film Screenings

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public. RSVP is requested but not required for the events: womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Further information about the exhibition, events, accessibility, and parking can be found at the CWAH website.