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Undocumented Passage: Stories of Migration
5/7/1996 - 6/15/1996
A mixed media installation depicting the myriad sacrifices and struggles immigrants make and endure in their passage to the Promised Land; featuring Nick D. Gomez, Amelia Rodrígues, Joseph Sung, and Miguel Torres.
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Andando Lejos <1996>
Undocumented Passage: Stories of Migration <1996>
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Beyond Boundaries: Recent Work by Enrique Chagoya <1996>
Orígenes: Día de los Muertos <1996>
Bazaar Navideño <1996>
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Undocumented Passages is a site-specific installation examining the lives immigrants have left behind to come to the United States. Undocumented Passages is third in a series of exhibitions at the Galeria exploring the theme of immigration – in depth and from multiple Latino/a perspectives.

Undocumented Passages is a collaborative work by Bay Area artists Nick D. Gomez, Amelia Rodrigues, Joseph Sung and Miguel Torres. Using the concept of clotheslines as a metaphor for personal territory and changing identities, the artists have created an interactive installation that witnesses immigrant lives, their fight to overcome injustice, the dignity of their struggle, and their challenges as they integrate themselves into the complexity that defines their new lives. Audience members are invited to explore their immigrant experiences by adding their own or their families’ stories to clotheslines strung across the gallery space.

According to Nick Gomex, “Undocumented Passages” was inspired by a trip one of the artists took to New York. While riding the subway, she noticed she could tell what neighborhood she was passing by the types of clothes hanging outside. “There is a concept of marked territory and sense of identity we are working with,” Gomez says. “There is also the ritual experience of hanging up items that are very personal to you ; they are up there for everyone to see.”

Since 1994, Gomez, Rodrigues, Sung and Torres have been creating “politically oriented drive-by art.” Immigration plays a key role in much of their work; Sung is an immigrant from China while Torres is originally from Mexico. The artists met while they were students at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and have since exhibited in such San Francisco venues as the Folsom Street Interchange. This is their first exhibition at Galeria de la Raza.

- Dolissa Medina

Undocumented Passage: Stories of Migrationwas accompanied by a history project with an optional questionnaire asking:

• Where and when did you or your family emigrate from, and how old were you?

• How did you travel?

• Motivation for emigrating to U.S.?

• What was sacrificed when you left your homeland?

• What did you or your family bring to the U.S.?

The participating artists collected these testimnonials and histories which were then shared in a workshop.