Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá
August 6th – September 12th, 2021
Artists: Jennifer Teresa Villanueva, Sophie Lopez, Carol Bedoy, Maximiliano Cervantes
Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla is a collective of Mexican-American lens-based artists in Chicago who use their artistic labor to raise questions of workers’ rights, immigration policy, and the horrors of American History. As children of immigrant parents, the collective work in Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla uses photography to document the undocumented, visualize generational trauma, express gratitude towards our families, and use the camera as a tool for the visual language of labor. Just as the United States population continues to grow and increase, Latinx people are announced as the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority group living in the U.S by 18.01%. According to the U.S Census Bureau, that is about 58.9 million residents [documented and undocumented] who identify as Latinx or Hispanic as of July 1, 2017. American history has a false narrative of “Hispanics'' crossing the Mexico-U.S. border illegally to take jobs and resources from naturally born citizens. A closer examination through historical research and analysis exhibits that most Latinx/Hispanic populations currently living in the U.S. originated from Mexico. What is now known as the American Southwest (present-day Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, and Wyoming) was once Mexican-Indigenous soil. This land, our land, was lost in the Mexican-American War in 1848, which continues to impact Mexican-Americans living in the U.S. today directly.