Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatriation


Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatriation

Wednesday, August 19th, 6PM

Illinois Humanities will present a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition Deportable Aliens: New Work by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas followed by a conversation with the artist, curator Dolores Mercado, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism Daniel R. Quiles. 

Deportable Aliens is a series of site-specific sculptures that confront the little-acknowledged forced deportation of between 1 and 2 million American citizens and legal residents of Mexican descent during the Great Depression. This mass deportation, known as the Mexican Repatriation, took place from 1929 to 1939, but has only recently become an object of study for scholars. 

In their conversation, Lara, Mercado, and Quiles will consider how "Deportable Aliens" helps recover lost stories, like the Mexican Repatriation. Along the way, they also will discuss the ways in which this past resonates with contemporary stories about immigration, as well as the role of the artist in social justice and political practice. 

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Exhibition funded by:

Chicago Park District. Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Travel provided by Southwest Air 

Images: Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Installation components componentes de la instalación, 2015, ceramic, 24”x12”x12” each, photo: Michael Tropea

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

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