May Gallery Opening and Artist Talk Feb. 28: Hernandez-Claire Explores Illegal Immigration in ‘Broken Roots’

| February 26, 2014
Broken Roots: Illegal Immigration into the U.S.

Broken Roots: Illegal Immigration into the U.S.

The May Gallery presents a photography exhibit, José Hernández-Claire’s Broken Roots: Illegal Immigration into the U.S., which will be on display Feb. 28-March 28.

Artist Talk and Opening Reception

A talk by Hernández-Claire takes place Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Sverdrup 123, with the opening reception later that evening from 5-7 p.m. in the May Gallery.

Hernandez-Claire is a photographer based in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is represented in photographic collections worldwide and has had over 60 exhibitions in Mexico, France, French Guyana, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Bangladesh, China, and the U.S. This show comes to the May Gallery from the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

Hernández-Claire on Broken Roots:

“No doubt the hottest issue nowadays with Mexico is immigration into the United States of America. A history of unemployment, low salaries, lack of opportunities, corruption and poor policies within the government of Mexico have caused a massive exodus of young people, possibly in their more productive stages of forming a stable workforce within the country. They often leave behind broken families, relatives, friends and almost empty villages, just inhabited by the old, and little children.

As a concerned photographer of social issues and as a native of Mexico, I am continually interested in documenting this dramatic subject, which is growing daily and has become a crucial issue in the government policies of both Mexico and the United States.”

For more information, go to the May Gallery website.

May Gallery events are free and open to the public. The May Gallery is located on the second floor, west wing, of the Sverdrup Building on the home campus of Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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