El difícil arte de migrar

El difícil arte de migrar


October 2, 2019 — January 28, 2020
Annenberg Center Upper Ambulatory

Produced by members of CCATE (Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación/Center for Culture, Art, Training, and Education), an arts and education non-profit in Norristown, El difícil arte de migrar captures the experiences, struggles, protests, successes, memories and talents of the local Latinx community. This moving exhibit contains approximately 150 art pieces created by members of the CCATE community, and it includes Oleos, pastel, acrylics, black and white photography, digital photography and ceramics. Beautiful paper maché and piñatas that were displayed at the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a wall mural commissioned for Villanova University, will be on display as well. As an extension of the work of CCATE, the exhibit is "a space, a counter space, where the Villa Inmigrante, our immigrant community, can exist," and explore issues of migration, creation of a counter-space and counter-narratives, identity, representation and social transformation, according to community leader and director Obed Arango.


The exhibit is open for viewing during all regular Box Office hours. However, please note that the exhibit will be closed to the public on January 16 for a private event.

Opening Reception

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS) invites you to the opening reception on Wednesday, October 2 at 6 PM. The reception will include a presentation on the history and purpose of the exhibit by the curators and CCATE Directors, Obed Arango Hisijara and Dr. Holly Link, along with a number of the artists. Come interact with the artists, curators, Penn faculty and others while touring this important and impactful artwork that explores themes including migration, inequality and social justice. Please RSVP for the reception by September 30.

This exhibit and event is being generously supported and funded by Latin American and Latino Studies, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, Center for Experimental Ethnography, Penn History of Art, Campaign for the Community/Office of the Provost, and Hispanic Studies and Portuguese Studies.