October 27, 2006

USD Photography Exhibit Explores the Migrant Experience along U.S.-Mexico Border

“Estamos Buscando A (We’re Looking for) – the Retablos of Migrants Along the U.S.-Mexico Border” is a photographic installation exploring the cultural, psychological and emotional concerns of undocumented migrants seeking to the come to the United States by crossing the border.

The exhibit created by Paul Turounet runs from Oct. 31 through Dec. 15 at the University of San Diego in the Fine Arts Galleries in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free. It is closed during university holidays.

Tijuana, BCN, Mexico, 2003-2006. Dryplate aluminum plate mounted on salvaged steel border wall.

There will also be a free reception and artist lecture Wednesday, Nov. 1. The reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit includes large-scale color photographs and aluminum dry-plate photographs, presented on pieces of the border wall fence salvaged from where the border fence was replaced between Tijuana and San Ysidro.

A 30-minute video presentation of photographs and video with live voice-over provides an engaging first-person journey into the border experience.

The exhibit is made possible by the Department of Art and the Trans-Border Institute at USD.

Since graduating from the Yale University Schools of Art Graduate Photography Program in 1995, Paul Turounet has been photographing and exhibiting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border, including exhibitions at Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), Museo de Arte El Chamizal in Ciudad Juarez, the University of Texas-El Paso and the University of San  Diego. Currently, Turounet is an instructor of photography at Gross-mont College in El Cajon and in USD’s Guadalajara Summer Program in Mexico.

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