Opened on April 29, 2016
ARTISTS | ARTISTAS
Dr. Emma CervoneÂ Latin American studies scholar, Towson UniversityÂ
Eric J GarciaÂ Political CartoonistÂ
Tanya GarciaÂ Multimedia Artist and CuratorÂ
Silvia Mata-MarinÂ Social Graphic Designer, Fulbright & Robert W. Deutsch FellowÂ
Valeria MolinariÂ IllustratorÂ
Michelle Angela OrtizÂ Philadelphia-based Artist and MuralistÂ
Edgar ReyesÂ Graphic Designer, Community ArtistÂ
Levi VonkÂ Fulbright Fellow, Anthropologist Based in Mexico
DespuÃ©s de la Frontera / After the BorderÂ honors the stories of unaccompanied immigrant youth, families, and young adults who fled their homes in Central America.Â While providing a cultural and historical context of the countries involved, the exhibition explores the complexities involved in crossing the border, challenges of integrating into a new environment, and what youth and families envision their futures to be. /Â DespuÃ©s de la Frontera hace homenaje a las historias de jÃ³venes inmigrantes y sus familias, que tuvieron que huir de sus hogares en CentroamÃ©rica.Â
In addition to gang recruitment, extortion, drug cartels, abuse, and persecution in their homeland, youth and families fleeing this violence face continued threats on their journey to a fate unknown.Â The dangerous passage through Mexico and across the border to the U.S. increases the likelihood that the youth may become the target of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault, and death. Â A 2015 American Immigration Council report states that in 2012, 1.3% ( 170, 000) of Pennsylvania’s immigrant population are undocumented.
This exhibition is a testimony to the inner strength, resilience, and resourcefulness of these youth and families.Â DespuÃ©s de la Frontera / After the BorderÂ sheds light on their uncertainties and hopes that accompany their dreams of beginning a new life in the United States.
DespuÃ©s de la Frontera / After the Border is aÂ Â Creative AllianceÂ exhibitionÂ that isÂ curated by Tanya Garcia and is the culmination of her year-longÂ fellowship supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.