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Artist: Michelle Angela Ortiz

Visiting Artists: David Flores, Juan Carlos Reyes, Oscar Gallegos, and Antonio Leal

Teaching Artist: Patricia A. Barrera

Teaching Artist Assistant: Amanda Granum

Assistant: Patricia A. Barrera

Site: 1515 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA


About the Project 

In 2012, Mural Arts partnered on Aqui y Alla, a transnational public art project created and directed by artist Michelle Angela Ortiz. The project explores the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia in connection with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Aqui y Alla, which translates to “here and there,” refers to the youth in both Philadelphia and Mexico, whose lives are impacted by immigration through their family dynamic, sense of identity, shifting of cultures, socioeconomic status, and violence against their communities. This project works simultaneously on both sides of the border to join the two cultural worlds through the vision of young people and their art.

Four artists and community leaders from the Colectivo Rezizte (Juarez) and Colectivo Madroño (Chihuahua City) worked with indigenous youth in Mexico, who created transportable murals on fiber cloth panels that were brought to Philadelphia. With the support of the United States Consulate in Juarez, the four artists (David Flores, Juan Carlos Reyes, Oscar Gallegos, and Antonio Leal) traveled to Philadelphia to work in collaboration with lead local artist Ortiz in conducting a series of writing, street art, and mural technique workshops with Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia.

Guided by the artists, the mural panels from Mexico were permanently installed and combined with the images created by Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia. The end result is a permanent mural located on 1515 South 6th Street.

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