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ARTS & CULTURE: PHOTO EXHIBIT Deported: An American Division / A Family Divided


“The only thing that matters is the love we have for each other, being happy because [we] are together. When we finally get together, we are going to be an amazing family,” Lourdes Salazar Bautista


ART WORKS Projects (AWP) in partnership with Pueblo Unido Gallery (PUG) are honored to present Deported: An American Division / A Family Divided. This exhibition presents the first two-installments of an ongoing project by Colorado-based photographer Rachel Woolf, AWP’s 2018 Emerging Lens Fellow. Deported highlights the story of Lourdes Salazar Bautista and her family as they navigate the U.S. federal immigration system and the joys and sorrows of life between the United States and Mexico. After residing in Michigan with her U.S. born children Bryan, Lourdes ‘Lulys’, and Pamela for 20 years, Lourdes Salazar Bautista was deported in 2017 and joined her husband Luis in Mexico, while her children found their lives and education split between the two countries. Woolf’s photographs and documentation in both the U.S. and Mexico capture the personal realities of a family separated by borders, as well as first hand accounts of a complex and protracted immigration system.


This exhibition marks the first collaboration between AWP and PUG. We will be joined by Rachel Woolf, alongside Lourdes and Luis who will be in Chicago for the opening event!

Come learn more about the story of Lourdes and Luis, where they are today, and connect with the community at Centro Romero.


Address: Pueblo Unido Gallery 6216 N Clark Street, Chicago IL

This event is open to the public and we welcome all guests! Deported will be on view through September 24. The gallery is open on Saturdays from noon - 4pm, or by appointment.




About the Artist Woolf is a Denver-based independent visual journalist. She specializes in documentary photography, videography and portraiture. Her work aims to intimately show aspects of humanity intersecting with economic and social issues. She has been published in The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, ESPN, Bloomberg, and TIME Magazine. She graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. degree in Documentary Studies, attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII in 2014 and the Missouri Photo Workshop in 2015. Woolf was selected as the 2018 ART WORKS Projects Emerging Lens Fellow in 2018 for Deported and maintains a strong collaborative presence with AWP. As a Fellow, Woolf developed her ongoing project Deported: An American Division / A Family Divided, highlighting her time with Lourdes Salazar Bautista and her family between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mexico as they navigated life within the U.S. immigration system. Since 2018, the project has taken on many forms including exhibitions, symposiums, and publications and has been presented at venues in Chicago, Denver, New York, Michigan, and Springfield, Illinois.


We had a great time meeting everyone and experiencing this amazing story! And to meet Peter from Columbia College - Chicago and to see Bora from ARTWORKS and learning of their support for this exhibit and the critical work being done to bring this news to light.













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