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Opening Reception & Curator's 
Talk On Thursday 7/23

Opening Reception 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Curator's Talk 5:00pm - 5:30 pm

Ignacio Vazquez ParavanoCurator
Memory and Tolerance Museum, Mexico City

maletas migrantesMaletas Migrantes Exhibition Crosses into the U.S. for the First Time

Exhibition series explores the physical and emotional crossings of migrants.

San Diego, CA, July 07, 2015 --The New Americans Museum invites you to experience Maletas Migrantes [Migrant Suitcases], arriving July 23 and departing October 02, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 23rd from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the New Americans Museum galleries located at NTC/Liberty Station, 2825 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106. A curator's lecture with Ignacio Vazquez Paravano from the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City will take place at 5 p.m. 

Vazquez Paravano says, "Maletas Migrantes is an exhibition of 50 suitcases created by 50 contemporary artists. The showcase proposes a space for visual exploration, which draws attention to the contradictions, belongings, negotiations and dialogues present in the geographic and emotional crossing of migrants. The suitcase--as an allegorical figure of displacement, transit, loss and the human ability to create and recreate itself-- is the point of departure of this project. It is an intimate space in which the migrant takes memory and wishes; its past, present and future."

Maletas Migrantes was originally exhibited at the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City as a celebration of the Ford Foundation's 50th anniversary in Latin America. It has traveled to El Salvador, Brussels and most recently to Tijuana, Baja California where it was presented at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT). It now crosses the border into the United States for the first time to be exhibited at the New Americans Museum in San Diego, CA. 

Programming during these exhibitions will include museum talks, tours and film screenings. Join our mailing list to receive up to date information, calendars and invitations. 


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Maletas Migrantes at NAM

Story Lines

In addition to Maletas Migrantes, the New Americans Museum will be exhibiting story+LINES, a multimedia installation that explores identity, migration and community.  Conceived in 2012 as a community driven project in City Heights, by artist and AJA Project founder, Shinpei Takeda, this installation engaged residents as participants in the creative process and production of artworks that empower and speak true to their personal journeys; whether they span continents, state lines or city blocks. 

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