Trump Revolution: Immigration

March 16, 2020


Through photos, words and multimedia, an exhibition on view at Bronx Documentary Center in New York, entitled “Trump Revolution: Immigration”, documents the current U.S. president’s overturning of decades of American immigration policy and law, and its profound effects on American society and the lives of millions of immigrants.

© Griselda San Martin "Olga Camacho and her granddaughter Yara, 2, visit Olga’s son Jonathan and his cousins Valeria and Ana"

This is the first in a year-long series of Trump Revolution exhibitions examining America’s societal and political transformation, one whose speed, reach and consequences are unmatched in our country’s history. From February through November 2020, the BDC will present exhibitions on the following themes: nationalism, climate change, foreign policy, and the media. It features work by Greg Constantine, Kholood Eid, John Moore, Luis Antonio Rojas, Elliot Ross, Griselda San Martin, Cinthya Santos-Briones, and Laura Saunders.

© John Moore/Getty Images- TIJUANA, MEXICO - DECEMBER 04: A Honduran migrant pulls himself under the U.S.-Mexico border fence on December 4, 2018 from Tijuana, Mexico. Many immigrants making the crossing had planned to request political asylum in the United States after traveling more than 6 weeks from Central America.
© John Moore/Getty Images- PENITAS, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 10: U.S. Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz apprehends a mother and daughter from Ecuador on September 10, 2019 in Penitas, Texas. The undocumented immigrants had been hiding for hours in a cotton field after border agents detected and chased their group earlier in the day. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
© John Moore/Getty Images- MCALLEN, TX - OCTOBER 18: A Customs and Border Protection agent scans the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border on October 18, 2016 in McAllen, Texas. U.S. Air and Marine Operations agents fly over border areas, coordinating with Border Patrol agents on the ground to stop undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers from entering the U.S. Immigration and border security have become major issues in the American Presidential campaign. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The exhibition is curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera, and Executive Director Michael Kamber. “Trump Revolution: Immigration” also features “LINEA: The Border Project” by Magnum Photographers. In May 2019, they spent two weeks either side of the US-Mexico border in San Diego, Tijuana, Juarez and El Paso. Many have returned to the region since and continue to document an ever-evolving story.

MEXICO. Tijuana. 2019. Park on the USA-Mexico border. From the project "La Jungla" © Lua Ribeira / Magnum Photos

Participating Magnum photographers stated: “LINEA: The Border Project’ was created to go beyond the conventions of an often melodramatic news cycle and the relentless political posturing that has defined public understanding of the Mexico-USA border. We are interested in the subtlety, complexity, humanity and beauty of the region and its people. We made this work and this show to reflect these ideas, and will bring it to public spaces across both countries and the political divide inside the USA. In an era of of polarizing rhetoric and relentless attempts at dehumanizing the other, we hope our work can serve as a counterpoint and an antidote.”

A Central American family rests by the side of the highway in the outskirts of Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico. October 26, 2018. © Luis Antonio Rojas
Honduran migrants hear advice from Red Cross volunteers on how to travel safely. Recently there had been reports of lost children, injured people, and one man who died after falling off a truck. © Luis Antonio Rojas
A local rests by the side of a road, unable to cross a bridge due to a police blockade in the outskirts of Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico. October 27, 2018. © Luis Antonio Rojas

Trump Revolution: Immigration

February 15 to March 29, 2020
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave
The Bronx, NY 10451


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