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Building Bridges Exhibition

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
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Latino Voices in Victoria

The personal stories of Latin American immigrants in Victoria resonate throughout this exhibition, a result of a project by Latin Stories Australia (LSA) which was started by two Mexicans living in Victoria and who wanted Latin American voices to be heard.

Buiding Bridges LSA No Vacancy gallery
Some of the collaborators of the exhibition Building Bridges.Image:Sissy Reyes, Photographer, 2018

In the upcoming exhibition "From Latin American Stories to Victorian History: Building Bridges", a collaborative project between LSA and curators Yunuen Perez and Antonio Gonzalez, more than 200 members of the community will be represented either through photographs or objects showcasing their contribution to the cultural and social fabric of Victoria in areas such as science and education, gastronomy, arts, music, and public sector, to name a few.

The stories of Latinos now living in Melbourne are powerful and personal. Represented by photographs and objects, the stories range from experiences of challenges and trauma as refugees to happier experiences of reunification, contributions to society, and love. As well as the exhibition, there are many more stories of Latinos living in Victoria; you can read these here. If you have a story as a Latino coming to Victoria, you can also share it here.

Buiding Bridges LSA No Vacancy gallery
Collection of colourful posters from the exhibition

A great example of multiculturalism in Victoria, the project and upcoming exhibition both of which really started at a grassroots level show clearly the passion and commitment of the people behind it.

The exhibition opens at the No Vacancy Gallery on Thursday 15th November 2018(6pm-8pm) and runs to Sunday 25th November 2018.
Opening times are
Tuesday – Friday 12pm–6pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm–5pm

The program includes mini-sessions all based around Latin American culture and networking.
United - Come and sing along traditional Latin American songs: Ven a cantar!, Friday 16 November, 2:30pm–3:30pm
MexVic - Families: Storytelling in Australia Aussiebrijes, Sunday 18 November, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Melbourne Filmoteca – Film trivia and discussion on Latin American films, Sunday 18 November, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Somos 21 - Australia and Latin America networking sessions for professionals, entrepreneurs & businesses: Go global!
Tuesday 20 November, 12:30pm-2:30pm & 3:00pm-5:00pm
Casa Cultura – Kids workshop: Carta ilustrada a Latinoamérica, Saturday 24 November, 12:00pm–1:30pm
Poetry session: A voz limpia, 2:00pm-3:00pm / An afternoon with music: Peña: sesión con músicos 3:30pm-4:30pm

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Why? To see art, objects, posters telling the stories of Latin Americans living in Victoria and their contribution to many aspects of our communities.
When: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm;Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm
Where: No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne 3000
Cost: Free entry
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