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The Godlen Cage: Mexican Migrant Farm Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers.  Photographs by Caleb Kenna, text and interviews by Chris Urban

The Golden Cage

Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers

Vermont Folklife Center
Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace
88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
September 6, 2008 – Janurary 31, 2009

Migrant Mexican farm workers began arriving on Vermont dairy farms almost ten years ago and continue to work here living hidden lives. Through intimate photographs and interviews, The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers exhibit offers a revealing portrait of dairy farmers and Mexican workers and a glimpse into their interdependent lives—what they hope for and who they are.

Conceived by former Vermont Migrant Education Program tutor Chris Urban whose work teaching English brought him to farms around Addison County, The Golden Cage pairs photographs of dairy farmers and Mexican workers created by Caleb Kenna with audio and text excerpts from interviews conducted by Chris Urban. Although the exhibit focuses specifically on Addison County, similar stories–in all their complexity and contradiction–could be told in dairy farming communities around Vermont and throughout the United States.

The Golden Cage will be on display September 6, 2008 through January 31, 2009 in the Vision and Voice Documentary Workspace at the Vermont Folklife Center’s headquarters in Middlebury. The Vermont Folklife Center will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, September 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Vision and Voice Documentary Workspace at the Vermont Folklife Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. For information about The Golden Cage exhibit and program series, visit the Vermont Folklife Center’s Web site or call (802) 388-4964.

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