Jorge C. Pérez-Rico, Retratos/Portraits, 2010-11
October 10 - 31, 2012
Reception: October 10, 6-7 p.m.
“The power of a simple image to capture the human spirit reminds us that immigrants, seemingly so foreign and unlike us, are really exactly like us. Could be me. Could be you.” Deepa Fernandez describes the essence of this exhibition of photographs taken by and of migrant and immigrant families living in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The photographs reveal the importance of faith, family and the basic humanity that binds us all together – regardless of language culture or politics. As we see ourselves in the portraits from birthday parties, schools, homes and farms, we’re encouraged to think about the dreams and struggles of our neighbors as well as new solutions to the ongoing immigration debate in our country. This exhibition is created in partnership with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Migrant Education Technology Center for Adults and Families, under the direction of Jorge C. Pérez-Rico and the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PA Migrant Education and 21st Century, Adams County Arts Council Education Center, Deepa Fernandez, Dickinson College, Friends of Farmworkers Inc., and Saint Francis Xavier Church.