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In addition to their artistic values, the retablos in this exhibition are powerful sociological documents airing the subjects of greatest concern to migrants: hazards of border crossings; trials of finding work in an alien country; tribulations of working through legal problems; illness and accidents in a foreign land; the gratification of achieving a small business; and the relief felt when migrants return home to their families.
Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, made possible through a generous grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
West Wing Gallery