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We Are Here / Aqui Estamos

On view May 23-October 11, 2020

Washington State is built on a sustained history of migrant labor, extending from mid-19th-century pack mule trains in the ore mines that were led by Mexican laborers to farm workers harvesting cherries in the modern-day commercial farming industry.

We Are Here / Aquí Estamos is a collaboration between undergraduate students in the College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) at the University of Washington and Borderland Collective, an art collective from Texas.

Students have been making work in collaboration with Borderland Collective and their families over the past year. These photographs, documents, and objects exploring migrant farm worker family life will be exhibited alongside items from the permanent collection of the Washington State History Museum. At the exhibition’s end, these new works will be included in the museum archives to add meaningful layers of context to the permanent collection. Museum visitors are invited to contribute to the project through several participatory activities.

Image credit: Washington_11, Gabby Ruiz