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The images in “imMigration” were made by photographers from nine Central and South American nations as well as Spain and Portugal. Their quality is uniformly high, and the themes in this collection of photographs about migration and immigration are remarkably coherent, unified by the notion of displacement and disjointedness. Ari Espay of Chile photographs two migrant workers from behind, looking out of the bow of a boat, surrounded by an incongruous smattering of festive streamers. Andrea Aragón of Guatemala offers a portrait of a couple dressed in indigenous clothing standing outside their house, with a façade that features a rendering of a U.S. flag. (They built it thanks to remittances from relatives in the U.S.) Matias Costa of Spain and Paula Burd of Argentina offer a pair of stunning portraits, the former a barely lit face melting into the surrounding blackness and the latter a pair of sisters rendered in an eccentric palette of grainy grays that dissolves into the fading, splotchy walls behind them. Both images perfectly reinforce the notion of immigrants’ invisibility.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW NOON TO 5 P.M. MONDAYS AND SATURDAYS AND NOON TO 6 P.M. TUESDAY TO FRIDAYS AT HILLYER ART SPACE, 9 HILLYER CT. NW. FREE. (202) 338-0680.