Crossing Over: Immigration Stories
MALTA Crossing Over: Immigration Stories - PREMIERE EXHIBITION
20/20 Photo Festival Philadelphia
September 30, 2023 - World Cyanotype Day
Cherry Street Pier
121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
For the first time ever exhibited in the United States, 7 new portraits and interviews made in Malta with the generous contributions from the US Embassy Malta and the Vilcek Foundation will be on view at Cherry Street Pier during the 20/20 Photo Festival.
Crossing Over: Immigration Stories is a series of interviews and portraits of immigrants, descendants of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers made through very intimate cyanotype photographic textile imprints made on the US-Mexico border, in Mexico, Northern and Southern Italy, and Malta. These portraits and testimonials of immigration experiences throughout some of the most controversial border crossing regions intend to humanize the experience of immigration and seeking a new life. Jackie Neale is a descendant of Italian immigrants [Foggia-Messina, Salerno-Monzo, Sicily-Gunta] that were fortunate enough to immigrate to the United States [South Philadelphia] in the early 1900s. Recent xenophobia and racism towards modern-day immigrants and egregious changes to immigration policy and asylum seeking to both the U.S. and Europe have become questionably against basic human rights. It is Jackie's belief these artworks offer an abstract viewing sensation to relax and provide a non-confrontational experience to connect to other people's stories. Through this experience "the other" disappears. 52 people contributed to 45 artworks. The 7 on view were the most recently made while on artist residency with Spazju Kreattiv of Valletta in Malta with the generous support of The Vilcek Foundation and the United States Embassy.