Exhibit opens January 28, 2017
Photographs of life in Guatemala following the country’s 36-year Civil War will be on display in the “Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration,” a new exhibition at the Pick Museum of Anthropology. The exhibition highlights how resource exploitation, genocide, poverty, drought, femicide, gangs, corruption and racism in Guatemala led to mass migration. Curated by Heidi McKinnon, executive director of Curators Without Borders, the exhibition includes works of three photographers. James Rodríguez is an
Drawing from its permanent collection, the Pick Museum incorporates contemporary Guatemalan textiles with the photographic exhibition to bring contemporary Guatemala to life. Maya spirituality and ritual preparation for migration are presented in rich scenes. Documentary video and woven decorative textiles introduce contemporary K’iche Maya weavers contending with global markets.
“Push Factors” is designed to be a starting point for community dialogue on migration issues prevalent in popular discourse today. Through imagery and discussions on the causes of migration, “Push Factors” asks visitors to rethink migration and encourage tolerance of both documented and undocumented migrants.
By drawing attention to the human side of undocumented migration, these exhibits foster campus and community dialogue on human rights at a particularly important time. The Museum is excited to provide a platform to DREAM ACTION students so they can tell their stories and inspire solidarity activism at NIU. We are also excited to exhibit and build the museum’s Latin American collections in conjunction with contemporary social issues.