The Monarch’s ways

Art>> Butterfly • Mexico/USA

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageAn art exhibit that opened in the second week of January tries to make a connection between the long southbound migrations of Monarch butterflies to their winter home in Mexico and the Mexican immigrants who travel to the US to find work, and thereby survive.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Pintoras Mexicanas (Mexican Painters) collective is on display at the Casa Michoacan in Chicago’s mainly Latino Pilsen neighbourhood and consists of 75 interpretations of Monarch butterflies. “Immigration is a crucial aspect of Mexico’s socio-economics,” said Alma Dominguez, the founder of Pintoras Mexicanas said. Dominguez said her group includes 260 painters living in Mexico, the US, Canada, Italy, Germany and France.

Chicago is the first stop for the travelling exhibition that will next move to Mexico City and Mexico’s Michoacan state.

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