Favianna Rodriguez on Wednesday, Mar. 30th
The woman’s migrant experience is something I frequently address in my art work. Whether it’s doing a print about the story of my mother, who migrated from Peru in search of more opportunities, or developing a poster about women organizers in Chicago who are organizing to get out the vote – my work serves as a homage to migrant women.
In 2008, I traveled to Chicago to interview five women about their experiences migrating to the United States. All of the women I interviewed were survivors. One of them had experienced sexual abuse at the border during her journey to the United States, while another struggled in her home country as she fought for the rights of her disabled daugher. One woman had taken refuge in a church to protest this country’s harsh immigration laws, while another devoted herself to the legal field in order to fight for the rights of her fellow migrants. Together with my collaborator, Geraldine Lozano, we documented the voices of these women into a short video, which you can see below.
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