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Everyday Life in Sanctuary
La vida cotidiana en santuario

Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm

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Since 2017, Cinthya Santos Briones has photographed everyday life in sanctuary, first in New York City, then across the country. With careful attention to form, her photographs portray both the liminality of life in sanctuary and the rootedness that comes from everyday placemaking in the safety that these houses of worship afford.

See the interview with the artist here.

Curated by the Hemispheric Institute as part of its Ecologies of Migrant Care initiative.

The panel features Cinthya Santos Briones (artist), Ángeles Donoso (Associate Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and member of the New Sanctuary Coalition at New York City), Myrna Lazcano (immigrant rights activist), and Marco Saavedra (immigrant rights activist).

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Cinthya Santos Briones is a Mexican photographer, anthropologist, ethnohistorian and community organizer based in New York. Her multimedia work uses a collaborative approach to tell stories about homeland, immigration, memory, (indigenous) identity, and self-representation through an interdisciplinary process that uses photography, ethnography, (archives) history, drawings and audiovisual and written narratives. For ten years Cinthya worked as a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History focused on issues on indigenous migration, codex, textiles and traditional medicine. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Magnum Foundation (2016/2018), En Foco (2017), National Geographic Research and Exploration (2018), We Woman (2019) and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts of México (2009/2011) (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, FONCA). Her work has been published in The New York Times, Pdn, La Jornada, California Sunday Magazine, Vogue, Open Society Foundations, Buzzfeed, The Intercept and The Nation Magazine, among others. Cinthya is co-author of the book “The Indigenous Worldview and its Representations in Textiles of the Nahua community of Santa Ana Tzacuala, Hidalgo”; and the documentary, The Huichapan Codex. Cinthya has worked in pro-immigrant organizations in New York as a community organizer and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Ángeles Donoso is an immigrant educator, researcher and organizer from Santiago, Chile, based in New York City. Since 2017, she has been a member of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. She participates in the weekly Pro Se Immigration Clinic, collaborates in the NSC accompaniment program and does organizing work. In July 2018, she co-organized the #WhatWouldYouPack action at 26 Federal Plaza. Ángeles is also Associate Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and teaches a decolonial history of Latin American photography at The CUNY Graduate Center. Her research and teaching interests include Latin/x American photography theory and history, counter-archival production, human rights activism, and documentary film. Her book Documentary Matter(s): Photography and Resistance in Chile under the Military Dictatorship is forthcoming with University Florida Press (Fall 2019).

Myrna Lazcano Olivares is a migrant activist and asylum seeker from San Hipólito Xochiltenango, Puebla, Mexico. Lazcano Olivares migrated to the United States in 1998, yet was forced to return to Mexico City in 2013. With the support of organizations and activists, Lazcano Olivares joined the Carvan for Peace, Justice, and Dignity, and was reunited with her family and friends in New York City in 2016. This experience has informed her work with migrant communities in fighting unjust and discriminatory laws, and preventing family separation caused by deportation. Lazcano Olivares has been active in the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Movement of Migrant Women and Their Families (MOMUMI), and Red de Pueblos Transnacionales. She is currently a student at The Resource Center for Adult Education (CREA).

Marco Saavedra is originally from San Miguel Ahuehuetitlán, Oaxaca, Mexico, and has been living in the United States with his family for more than 20 years. Saavedra began organizing as part of the Dreamer Movement in 2010. His activist work is featured in the 2019 film The Infiltrators. Marco has an upcoming asylum hearing on November 7th. For ways to support him, click here.