Exodus Exhibit ~ Coming Fall 2014
The Museum of Social Justice is extremely proud to present its second exhibition, Exodus. It is a photographic exhibition based on the book of the same name authored by Julian Cardona and Charles Bowden, and published in 2008 by University of Texas Press. The book documents the forced modern-day exodus of people from Mexico to the United States. Seven years after its publication, Mexican immigration still remains a very contentious topic in the United States. Contentious because many Americans are so busy with the rigors of daily life that they do not have the time to try and understand the historical relationship between the United States and Mexico, and its impact on immigration. After winning its independence from Spain, Mexico became the victim of the expansionist plans of the United States. At the end of the Mexican-American War the United States took possession of half of Mexico and during the thirty-five year reign of Mexico’s President General Porfirio Diaz, the United States used its economic power to profit off of the remaining resources in Mexico. Unfortunately, the uprising against Diaz in 1911, that resulted in the Mexican Revolution did not bring the expected results of economic independence to Mexico.
Exodus reveals that in the 100 years since the Mexican Revolution not much has changed. The relationship between the United States and Mexico continues to only benefit the wealthy on both sides of the border. The people in Juarez, Mexico and the American cities some have fled to, captured in the images of Julian Cardona and the words of Charles Bowden, will reveal the human cost of these economic inequities. Exodus provides an uncompromised view of the human consequences of the slave-wages paid to workers in American owned maquiladoras (factory in a free trade zone), the complex and disturbing relationships between the drug cartels and the police, and the U.S. and Mexican governmental policies that gave birth to the violence that has forced people who in many cases would prefer to stay in the beautiful land of their birth, to take the treacherous path north in search of a better life.
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