Please join ART WORKS Projects for the opening of our fourth annual Emerging Lens exhibition Deported: An American Division by photographer Rachel Woolf. We will be joined by Woolf who will give a short artist talk about her work. To learn more about the Emerging Lens Mentorship Program, click here.
Remarks to start at 6:30pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.
Woolf’s project began in late July 2017 when she met Lourdes Salazar Bautista days before her deportation hearing in Detroit. Bautista had been living in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the past 20 years along with her children Pamela (19), Bryan (14), and Lourdes (16) who were all born in the United States. Though the family was hopeful that Bautista would be granted permission to stay in the U.S., it was determined at her hearing that she would be deported. Bautista, along with her two younger children, left for Mexico soon after the hearing in August 2017.
Through Woolf’s focus on Bautista and her children, we can better understand the nuance of deportation and the impact it has on families and their communities. Woolf will return to Mexico in May 2018 to update her story on the Bautista family and provide an intimate glimpse into what life after deportation is like for families who are forcibly removed from the United States and sent to countries that are at once strange and familiar.
Photo: Lourdes Salazar Bautista, formerly of Ann Arbor, put her hands to her heart as she expressed concern for her children, moments after leaving the meeting confirming her deportation order on Monday, July 31, 2017, outside the ICE Enforcement Camp; Removal Operations Office in Detroit, Mich. Bautista had been granted continued temporary stays in the country after her husband was deported, so that she could care for her children.
This exhibition was created with generous support from The Henry Nias Foundation. To learn how to contribute to this project, please contact Annalise Flynn-Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org