BROKEN ROOTS - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INTO THE U.S.
Photographs by José Hernández Claire
On display through Thursday, December 12 by reservation only
Public parking is availble on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot. Parking at the Embassy is not available.
As part of this year's programming of FotoWeek DC, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents "Broken Roots - Illegal Immigration into the U.S." a photography exhibition by José Hernández Claire. This compelling selection reflects the many perils of those immigrants who struggle to cross the border into the United States.
The photographs began as an essay that Hernández Claire started in 2005-2006 with a grant from FONCA-CONACULTA (National Fund for the Arts and Culture of Mexico - Mexican Council for the Arts and Culture) and which continued until 2009, allowing Hernández Claire to capture images on both the border between Mexico and Guatemala as well as the U.S.-Mexican frontier.
About the artist
José Hernández Claire was born on April 30, 1949 in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a graduate of the University of Guadalajara in 1972, he received an M.S. in Urban Design from the Pratt Institute of New York in 1980, followed by a series of studies in photography with Philip Perkis, Arthur Freed, Paul McDonough, Marvin Hoshino, and David Vestal among other renowned teachers from Pratt.
During his time in New York, Hernández Claire met Manuel Álvarez Bravo, a famous Mexican photographer with whom he kept a special friendship and from whom he received professional advice to improve his skills as a photographer. Thanks to a photography assignment while he was a student at Pratt, Hernández Claire also had the chance to meet André Kertész in his apartment in New York City.
The French background of Hernández Claire comes from his grandfather who was born in Besançon and came to Mexico in 1862. The photographic work of José Hernández Claire belongs to important collections worldwide and has been exhibited in over 60 individual and group shows in Mexico, France, French Guyana, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, U.K., Cuba, Bangladesh, China, and the United States.