• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

Big Ideas in Art & Culture: What Remains

Thursday, May 2, 2024; 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

What Remains: Braiding and Honouring Migration Dreams and Stories

Monica Lozano, Iris Morales, Mabel Weber and Adriana Alvarez will share how the project What Remains came to be and how each one contributed their discipline in the creation of the exhibit at the Art Gallery of Guelph. They will also discuss their intentions and purpose of the What Remains work for creating awareness and humanizing the migration journey through deeper understandings of the experience, and moments of unity and solidarity. The conversation will be moderated by Festival Director Marva Wisdom.

Born out of the fault line of El Paso, one of the safest cities in the United States, and Ciudad Juarez, one of the world’s most dangerous, What Remains attempts to impart texture and nuance to the migrant experience and that of citizens of the borderlands who bear witness to the brutality inflicted on their kinfolk. The project provides windows, peering into and out from an on-going global humanitarian crisis, assembled into a multimedia (photography, illustration, sound, video, installation) and multidisciplinary (artistic, academic, activist) experience.

Grounded in nearly two decades of Monica Lozano’s photographic documentation of the migrant passage in El Paso/Juarez, the works in this exhibition — illustrations by Mabel Weber, printed matter by Iris Morales, an interactive educational space curated by Dr. Adriana Alvarez, and an ongoing, community generated sculpture — draw various forms of expression together to more viscerally capture the entirety of the experience.

The conversation will be followed by an opening event for the collective’s exhibition What Remains at the gallery.

The Art Gallery of Guelph is a physically accessible venue. This event will feature live transcription and ASL interpretation. For details on the festival’s accessibility, please visit our general accessibility page.

Photo: Monica Lozano, The Cemetery (2022).

Co-presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph



Art Gallery of Guelph, Gordon Street,
Guelph, ON.