Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - Friday, May 19, 2017

Curated by Heidi McKinnon, executive director of Curators Without Borders, Push Factors is designed to be a starting point for community dialogue on migration issues prevalent in popular discourse today. A series of powerful photographs depicting life in Guatemala following the country’s 36-year Civil War highlight how resource exploitation, genocide, poverty, drought, femicide, gangs, corruption and racism in Guatemala led to mass migration in the 21st century.

The exhibit also incorporates contemporary Guatemalan textiles, rich scenes of Maya spirituality and ritual preparation for migration, and documentary video of K’iche Maya weavers as they contend with global markets. Materials recovered from archaeological work in the Sonoran Desert are also shown to personalize the migration experience. Through imagery and discussions on the causes of migration, Push Factors asks visitors to rethink migration and encourages tolerance of both documented and undocumented migrants.

Push Factors is part of a series of exhibitions on the NIU campus that explore the history and identity of Maya people in Guatemala. (Re)presenting Guatemala includes exhibitions at the Pick Museum as well as the NIU Art Museum. The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the student organization DREAM Action NIU are partnering with the Museum to host weekly tours and draw attention to undocumented students at NIU.

This exhibit will be on display until May 2017. For more information, please visit the Pick Museum of Anthropology’s website at www.niu.edu/anthro_museum.

Cole Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115