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Invisible Odysseys: Art By and About Mexican Farm Workers in Vermont

Invisible Odysseys

Art By and About Mexican Farm Workers in Vermont

Vermont Folklife Center
Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace
88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
April 9, 2010 – April 23, 2010

As a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s spring 2010 Community Exhibitions Program we are pleased to present two bodies of work that focus on the experience of Mexican migrant workers in Vermont—one created by students at the Lincoln Community School and the other by Mexican migrant workers themselves. This work will be on display April 9, 2010 - April 23, 2010 at the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace in Middlebury.

Inspired by quotes from the Vermont Folklife Center exhibition The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers, students created poetry, prose, and artwork based on these narratives. They then paired digitized art and text with music to create digital stories, which they also narrated. After reading Julia Alvarez’s novel Return to Sender and other work, students also created two-layered multimedia collages. The inner layer of each collage represents the Mexican “heart” of the farm worker and the outer layer represents their Vermont experience. Finally, a smaller group of students worked with librarian Beth Nelson to create a "commercial" using stop-motion animation as promotion for the book, Return to Sender.

The work by Lincoln students will be paired with the Invisible Odysseys project, which presents three-dimensional autobiographical dioramas created by Mexican workers on Vermont farms.

Artist and writer B. Amore and brought paints, wooden boxes, and mixed media materials to Mexican workers so that they could engage in making three-dimensional representations of their personal journeys. Through participation in the project farm workers have told their own stories, in their own words, and through their own individual artistic expression.

A reception celebrating the work presented in this exhibit will be held on Thursday, April 22nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For details on the exhibit or the opening event, please contact the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964.

Links to Additional Exhibit Resources

  • The Golden Cage Project :: link
  • Julia Alvarez's Return to Sender :: link
  • B. Amore :: link
  • Linclon Community School :: link


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