A behind-the-scenes tour of Rodrigo Lara’s new exhibition, “Deportable Aliens,” followed by a conversation with the artist, curator Dolores Mercado, and SAIC Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism Daniel R. Quiles.
The work of Rodrigo Lara (b. 1981, Toluca, Mexico) surveys politics, immigration, and social justice. Through a site-specific installation, Lara depicts the unjust Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by the President Hoover and Roosevelt administrations. He portrays these events in a provocative, ironic, yet contemplative tone. The Great Depression engendered anti-immigrant sentiments that enabled the relocation of many people, most of whom were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent.