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Pritchard photo exhibit shows Guatemalan migration factors


January 17, 2019

An exhibit of photos that explores the factors driving residents of Guatemala from their homes in search of a better life opened Jan. 16, at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery in collaboration with the university’s Martin Institute.

“Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration,” organized by Curators Without Borders, invites viewers to consider the complexity of Guatemalan life as well as the stereotyping of migrants.

Guatemalans have long suffered with corruption, poverty, genocide, gang violence and resource exploitation.

“There is a lot of rhetoric used to create an image about people who might seek a better life for themselves and their families,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Gallery.

Award-winning photos by Rodrigo Abd, James Rodríguez and William B. Plowman, along with written accounts from migrant youth are included. The Prichard will also feature videos and additional still images by Rodríguez and Abd projected in the balcony galleries.

Abd is a staff photographer for The Associated Press based in Guatemala. He covered Venezuela’s presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, the Haitian earthquake in 2010, the political conflict in Libya in 2011 and the Syrian armed conflict in 2012, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

Rodríguez has been based in Guatemala since 2006, He has worked for the International New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian and TIME for Kids.

Plowman is based in Washington, D.C., and is the contributing photographer for NBC.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 24 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 22 with Rodríguez present.

The Prichard Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The gallery is located at the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Admission is free.



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