Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed


Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Denied


Exhibit Runs June 30 – August 17, 2017


Opening Reception July 20,
Performances, Poetry, Music, FREE 

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Closing Reception August 17, Politics, Poetry, Music, FREE  
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TACOMA, WA – Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed is a multimedia exhibition about immigration and detention on display at the Spaceworks Gallery. Curated by art critic Susan N. Platt and mural artist David Long, the exhibit addresses the urgent issue of immigration from multiple perspectives. It features intense work by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, current detainees, DACAs (Delayed Action for Childhood arrivals), college students, grass roots activists, self- taught artists and professional artists. The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, collages, glass arts, films, photography, and videos. The works range from heartfelt to playful, interactive to informative, and poetic to didactic.


At the opening, July 20, and the closing, August 17, we will have music, poetry, and performances, as well as immigrant rights leaders speaking about the essential contributions of immigrant workers and the oppressive conditions in the Northwest Detention Center. Our purpose is to open up the conversation about immigration and to embrace the many ways in which immigrants are the essential fabric of our society.


In addition to visiting the gallery, we invite visitors to participate in various ways such as playing games, manipulating sculpture, responding to interactive posters, or browsing our reading section.


Participating Artists Include:
Arni Adler, Pavel Bahmatov, Janice La Verne Baker, MalPina Chan, Andrea Eaton, Tatiana Garmendia, Ricardo Gomez, Deborah Faye Lawrence, David Long, Marilyn Mantufar, Pam Orazem, Devin Reynolds, Blanca Santander.


Also on display is the “Migration Now!” portfolio including prints by Lalo Alcaraz, Santiago Armengod, Felipe Baeza, Jesus Barraza, Shaun Slilfer and Janay Brun, Kevin Caplicki, Melanie Cervantes, Raoul Deal, Emory Douglas, Molly Fair, Art Hazelwood, Ray Hernandez, Nicolas Lampert, Josh Mac Phee, Oscar Magallanes, Fernando Martí, Colin Matthes, Dylan Miner, Claude Moller, Oree Originol, Roger Peet, Jesse Purcell, Favianna Rodriguez, Erik Ruin, Julio Salgado, Meredith Stern, Mary Tremonte, Kristine Virsis, Peter Yahnke Railand, Imin Yeh, Ernesto Yerena.


Also featured is the “ART & GLOBAL JUSTICE POSTER PROJECT” (UWT) Instructor: Beverly Naidus, artist/writer/activist and associate professor of interdisciplinary arts, UW Tacoma with participating students: Diana Algomeda, Fazeema Bano, George Camacho, Emily Clouse, DA James Christian Flores, Karla Gonzalez, Cassandra Green, Josephine Green, Ryan Hanley, Krystal Hedrick, Natalie Lawrence, Wesley Scott, Carolyn Reed, Levi Reinwald.



*This exhibit is supported in part by the Washington State Arts Commission, Allied Arts, and Humanities Washington.



The Spaceworks Gallery provides a space for contemporary artists and curators working in the Pacific Northwest to host feature exhibitions. Activating a longstanding vacant space, the gallery is operated by Spaceworks Tacoma. Always free and open to the public, the space also holds an information desk for people to learn more about Spaceworks Tacoma’s participants, opportunities to get involved, and community events.


950 Pacific Ave. Suite #205
Tacoma, WA
Monday – Friday 1 – 5pm
(Third Thursday 1 – 9pm)