FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH 6:30- 8:00 pm
Location: Mural Arts Program
Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center at the Thomas Eakins House
1729 Mt. Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA
This transnational public art project, created and directed by local artist Michelle Angela Ortiz in the summer of 2012, connected Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico to create a permanent mural in South Philadelphia.
"Aqui y Alla", which translates to "Here and There" explores the effect of immigration on their lives, through their family dynamic, sense of identity, shifting of cultures, socio-economic status, and violence against their communities. The video documentary shares first hand testimonials of young Mexican immigrant students in Philadelphia and Mexico,and follows how these students worked in parallel on both sides of the border toward a shared creative vision.