Deborah Koenker: Grapes and Tortillas
Date: August 4, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Admission: Varies | Free Admission Thursdays!
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery
1315 Water Street
Kelowna, BC
Phone: (250) 762-2226
Frequency: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Price: Varies | Free Admission Thursdays!

'Grapes and Tortillas' focuses on the 2,000 temporary agricultural workers from Mexico hired each year by the Okanagan Valley’s orchards, vineyards, and plant nurseries. Deborah Koenker, the artist behind the installation, intends it as a celebration of the hard work and the personal sacrifices of these migrant workers.

The exhibition includes 160 photographic portraits of these men and women, as well as a giant curtain made from orchard netting threaded with 2,000 coloured ribbons – a visual reference to Mexican shrines and acknowledgement of the number of workers here.

In addition, there is a nod to a Mexican kitchen that also serves to convey the story of Doña Vicky, an activist from Oaxaca. Visitors will also see a shrine-like area, centred on an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who is the patron saint of Mexico. Additionally, there is an 80-foot long Tortilla Wall piece comprised of photographs, and strung with barbed wire, which is accompanied by quotations from a poem called 187 REASONS MEXICANOS CAN’T CROSS THE BORDER by Juan Felipe Herrera, the current US poet laureate.

Deborah Koenker: Grapes and Tortillas is on view from July 16 to October 30, 2016.

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