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“Migration Now” is a traveling exhibition of a limited-edition portfolio of handmade prints that address migrant issues from the organizations Justseeds and CultureStrike. Justseeds is a decentralized, worker-owned cooperative of artists throughout North America who are committed to social, environmental, and political engagement. CultureStrike is a broad network of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural workers who work to transform public views and sentiment around migration, and to fight for equity and full inclusion of migrants and their communities in America’s social fabric.
The artists represented in “Migration Now” explore the migration of people around the world, with special attention to those who have come into the United States from south of the US-Mexico border, including young people known as “Dreamers.” These prints address the underlying social, economic, and security conditions that force individuals to leave their homes, as well as conditions encountered during the journey and at the border. At a time when our nation is consumed by debates over immigration policies, these artworks powerfully remind us of our common humanity and of the forces that drive many millions of people to travel and relocate around the world.
Vanessa Gonzalez is a printmaker, ceramicist, and bookmaker who regularly incorporates mixed media into her work. Born in Texas and raised in Mexico, Gonzalez was always exposed to Latinx art and culture, which inspired her to become passionate about its rich cultural traditions. She currently lives in Memphis, where she earned her MFA at Memphis College of Art and currently works as an elementary school art teacher at a local charter school. Her artwork has been exhibited not only in the United States but internationally as well, in Mexico, Australia, and Germany.
“Mi Casa es Your House” explores multiple factors of Gonzalez’s Mexican-American identity, celebrating and exploring her Mexican heritage and her acceptance of her dual citizenship status with iconic imagery, mixed with expressions of confusion regarding what is required to be part of a nation, an everyday struggle with immigration, assimilation, discrimination.