Author and photographer Rick Nahmias has alerted us that the traveling exhibit for his work, “The Migrant Project: California Farm Workers,” is now at the Museum of Tolerance and will be displayed until April 25. As Rick describes it:
“The Migrant Project” merges art, humanities and education, and uses the California farm worker experience as a microcosm to explore issues surrounding the human cost of eating as well as we do in the U.S. Several prints from this body of work are now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Photographic Collection at the National Museum of American History, among other collections. It has toured to over 20 national venues.
Rather than being an overly political or hopeless expose of farm workers, it is an artful multi-dimensional portrait of this often unseen community (which supplies the U.S. with over half its produce) focusing on all aspects of their story: personal life, culture, family, health, immigration as well as the sense of pride they bring to their work and lives. It deals with an array of issues (from Latin American heritage, to fair food, to immigration, to human rights).
An opening reception and book signing will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at the Museum, located at 9786 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact the Museum at 310.772.2527 to reserve your place.
More information about the book and the project is available on its website. Published by the University of New Mexico Press and featuring a foreword by Dolores Huerta, 50% of the author’s royalties from sales of the book will be donated directly to farm worker charities and to nonprofit organizations serving farm worker communities.