The Material of Memory: Revisiting Our Histories of Immigration Exhibition
The Material of Memory: Revisiting Our Histories of Immigration is a University of California, Irvine (UCI) undergraduate student curated exhibition and event program under the faculty directorship of Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas that magnified how and why the immigrant women and men participating in this revisiting of our immigration histories documented and recollected their personal investment in a diversity of emotive ties and relationships, items, and moments that made it viable for them to remain steadfast in their commitment to grow as people stretched across borders.
UCI undergraduate students enrolled in Dr. Rosas’s Fall 2016 course offerings of The Histories of Violence across the US-Mexico Borderlands and Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies invested in this intellectual endeavor of revisiting the histories that connected them to most cherished and highly regarded members of their extended families. The act of revisiting each of them entailed developing and implementing a keen sensibility for their experiences via course readings and discussions, as well as scheduling conversations and visits with them to identify the material of their memories.
The act of revisiting their immigration histories with their extended family relatives generated the participation of people from diverse generations and the collection of their revealing archival items. From this rich archive of emotions, moments, and items, an exhibition team flourished, met and worked as a seminar group under Dr. Rosas’s faculty advisement and mentorship to curate, present, and celebrate this exhibit.
The Material of Memory Team was comprised of UCI alumni: Brittney A. Bayardo, Natalie Berrios, Marleni Flores, Jazmin Jimenez, Valerie Macias, Jonathan Orozco, Stephanie K. Palomares, Meleia Simon-Reynolds, Kaitlin Overturf, and Alejandra Tantamango.
This exhibition was sponsored by UCI Illuminations, UCI’s School of Social Sciences, UCI’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion, and the Department of Chicano-Latino Studies and History.
The following archival documents were among the items featured in our The Material of Memory exhibition, when on display at UCI’s Viewpoint Gallery: