Here There Aca Alla Exhibition
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
invite you to
Here There, Acá Allá
Photographic dialogues between generations and cultures
Curated by Susana Arellano and Rafael Gamo
Opening: February 20 2015, 6-9 pm
Exhibition: February 21- 28, 2015 1-6pm
601 West 26th Street, #1755
New York, NY 10001
(Between 11 and 12 Ave).
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Here There, Acá Allá was possible through a collaborative effort between Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Masa, with the goal of making art accessible to children in the South Bronx.
Here There, Acá Allá is an intergenerational photography workshop that brings together the first and second generations of participating Mexican-American immigrant families. The title refers to the dual experience of growing up and living between two cultures, using two languages and developing an enriched identity.
In this second iteration of the workshop, taught in 2014, children ages seven to twelve along with their parents used disposable 35mm film cameras to take photographs of their daily lives, family relationships and social structure, among other subjects. Photography acted as a platform for exchanging points of views, sharing feelings and exploring cultural identities. This exhibition is not only a cross-section of the participants’ work, but also a window that looks into the joys and struggles of being a Mexican-American immigrant family in the U.S. Photographs and conversations coalesce to bridge the gap between two generations and two cultures.
Light refreshments will be served.
About the teaching artists and curators:
Architect and photographer Rafael Gamo Fassi was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Mexico City. He is a graduate of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, where he has lived for the past 6 years. His photographic practice has focused on the complex relationships between the photographer and his subjects. He has teaching experience as invited professor at ICP, New York University, UNAM and Taller ArteLuz in Mexico City, amongst others.
Architect and urban planner Susana Arellano Alvarado was born in Mexico City and has been living in New York City for the past 5 years. She is a graduate of the MSc Urban Development Planning program from University College London. Her work has incorporated a participatory approach that aims to use art and design as tool for individual and community empowerment. She has led projects such as the Neighborhood Women Legacy Project, which highlights the role of grassroots women leaders in Brooklyn and is co-founder of Agenda28, which designs learning experiences for social impact.
Here There, Acá Allá photographic exhibition and photography class is the first collaboration between Masa and Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders thanks to the generous support of Deutsche Bank.
Masa promotes educational attainment, committed leadership and civic engagement among underserved students living in New York City, with a particular focus on those of Mexican descent.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions through arts, culture, humanities, and annual celebrations of holidays.
Thank You To Our Supporters
Here There, Acá Allá is supported by the Deutsche Bank.
Special thanks to 601Artspace, including David Howe, Robert Blake and Mariam Rahmani, for their generous support in making this exhibition possible. Thanks to Esther Jové Soligue and Alejandra Regalado for sharing with us their artistic vision and fabulous images.
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