Deportable Aliens: New Work by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas


Location: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th street Chicago, IL 60608


Current Exhibition through February 28, 2016 in the Kraft Gallery

The work of Rodrigo Lara Zendejas (b. 1981, Toluca, Mexico) surveys politics, immigration, and social justice. Through a site-specific installation, Lara depicts the unjust Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by the President Hoover and Roosevelt administrations. He portrays these events in a provocative, ironic, yet contemplative tone. The Great Depression engendered anti-immigrant sentiments that enabled the relocation of many people, most of whom were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent.

Curated by Dolores Mercado

Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatration

In conjunction with the exhibition, Illinois Humanities will present an event titled, Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatriation, Wednesday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. , in the Kraft Gallery. This event will include a behind-the-scenes tour, followed by a conversation with the artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, curator Dolores Mercado, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism Daniel R. Quiles. 

Exhibition funded by:

Chicago Park District. Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Travel provided by Southwest Airlines 

Images: Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Installation components / componentes de la instalación, 2015, ceramic, 24”x12”x12” each, photo: Michael Tropea