Exhibtions at the James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology

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Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration

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 award winning documentary photographer based in Guatemala since 2004, whose work focuses on documenting post-war processes in Guatemala. James’ work has been featured at Visa Pour L’Image and on the NYT Lens blog Rodrigo Abd is an Associated Press staff photographer currently based in Lima, Peru. Rodrigo’s work focuses in Latin America and the Middle East. He has won both and World Press Photo awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his work in Syria William Plowman, a Washington, D.C. based photojournalist is a member of the White House Press Corps and staff photographer for Meet the Press. He has long-term projects in Haiti, Guatemala, and Gary, Indiana. Plowman’s work focuses on issues of political, economic, social and humanitarian import around the world, such as the birth of South Sudan.

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.