May 10 – November 10, 2019
Art Exhibition in the Visitor Center
Inspired by her own grandmother’s immigration journey, Santa Cruz based artist Sara Friedlander has created visual narratives to honor the courageous women who left their homeland and families, often under great duress. Most spoke no English and holding steadfast to their hopes for a brighter future, faced daunting challenges in order to establish a new life in America.
Each of these mixed media panels highlights the journey of an im/migrant woman. By utilizing visual storytelling to represent a universal tale, Sara has created a narrative based on what she gleaned from the photo and what she saw in the eyes of each of these women. The result is analogous to creative nonfiction – neither pure fact or pure fiction.
At this critical time, when immigration is seen as a national and global threat, these portraits can help us remember and reflect deeply on the reality that most Americans – most of us – are relatively recent descendants of or immigrants ourselves.