Building Bridges Exhibition
15-25 NOVEMBER 2018 | NO VACANCY GALLERY | 34-40 JANE BELL LANE, QV BUILDING
More than 200 members of the community, representing fourteen Latin American countries, were part of the exhibition. The exhibition comprised:
14 Photographs | 11 areas of contribution | 30 objects | 1 video
The 2016 Australian Census recorded more than 30,000 Latin American-born people living in the state of Victoria, of whom more than one third arrived in the last decade. Victoria is not a destination usually associated with migration from Latin America. We naturally think of the United States, Canada, and Europe as the homes of the Latin American diaspora, and so for many still, it may come as a surprise that Victoria (and Australia generally) is an increasingly popular destination for Latin American people to study, travel, work, and live. This is no anomaly though. The twentieth-first century has brought economic and social shifts in the global order with profound implications for Latin America, including its strategic and economic relevance to the Asia Pacific region. Correspondingly there has been a rapid paradigm shift in Australia’s approach to Latin America. Whereas historically the region was considered remote and unrelated to Australia, over the past decade we have seen new diplomatic relations emerging, Australian universities seeking to attract Latin American students (Victoria alone has seen a 400 per cent increase in a decade to over 15,000 students), investment in mining and other business sectors expanding (Victoria’s two-way trade with Latin America exceeded A$1.8 billion in 2016-17), and a growing fascination amongst Australians with Latin American food, music, dance, language, culture, and travel to the region. On many of these fronts, the state of Victoria has played a pioneering role in building bridges with Latin America. This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary contributions of Latin American people in the state of Victoria. Across diverse sectors and industries – music, dance, art, literature, gastronomy, festivals, volunteering, education, science, business, sports, and the public sector – we are fortunate for the enriching presence and input of Latin American people in Victoria.
Dr. Elizabeth Kath, social scientist and author of Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in a Changing Global Landscape
@Sissy Reyes, Photographer, 2018
The objects represent the stories of: SBS Radio - José Romero - Rafaela López - A Voz Limpia (Pilar Aguilera & Eyal Chipkiewicz) - Olga Lorenzo - Carmen Ibis Novoa - Carlos Bárcenas - Alfirio Cristaldo - Andrea Katz - Julio Altamirano (Antena Hispana Inc.) - El Café Bohemio (Gabriel Mena) - Kathy Aguirre - Isabel Avendano-Hazbun - Dr Luis Satch - Elena Osalde - Gabriella Munoz - Dr Cristina Garduño-Freeman - Dr César Albarrán-Torres - Dr Víctor del Río - Luis Alfredo Navas - Juan Dávila - Romy Hernandez - Alejandro Saravia - Arturo Morales - Silvia Tejedor - Iván Aristeguieta - John Gomez (La Tienda) - Heritier Lumumba - El Tarro - Michael Rowe.
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