About the Artists

Andrea Alejandra Gordillo Marquina is the director and curator of Historias Desde el Albergue. They identify as a queer mestiza artist-educator-bridge-immigrant from Perú. Their particular lens on inclusion focuses on examining rhetorical mobility of migrants and displaced people, and how that intersects with human rights and oppression locally, regionally, and internationally. Their work strives to create rhetorical agency among community members with whom they interact, and build bridges between communities they belong to. As an ACI Artist-in-Residence from Aug 2016 – July 2017, Andrea will travel to Oaxaca, México, to study, learn, and collaborate with the staff and migrants at Hermanos en el Camino, a shelter for Central American migrants and audiences and community members in the United States. Andrea received their B.A. in theatre studies from Emerson College, and Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Barbara is 21 years old and wants to work in order to help her family. She is from Honduras. She likes flowers, and to take photos of things that stand out to her.

Cristobal is from El Salvador and is 31 years old. At this point, he is not sure of where he wants to go. He wants to go to the United States but is afraid. Perhaps he will stay in México. He has a friend who says he will help him find work and if all goes well, his wife and children will travel here from the U.S. to live with him. He wants to be with his wife and kids.

Edgar is a 17-year-old artist from Guatemala. His goal is to reunite with his family in the United States.

Elizabeth is from Guatemala. She is 12 years old. She wants to go to college because she likes to study. She likes to take pictures of people and landscapes.

Elmer is from Honduras and is 16 years old. As of now, he wants to travel to D.F. He started taking photos at the age of 14, using his phone. He likes to take photos because it is a nice distraction.

Hector is from El Salvador and he has a goal to thrive, but his main goal right now is to reach the United States. He is 20 years old.

José is a photographic artist from Honduras. He is 20 years olf. His destination is México City and he wants to join the Mexican armed forces.

Juan is a photographic artist from El Salvador. He is 18 years old and his next destination is Guadalajara. He wants to be a firefighter.

Karla is from Honduras. She is 11 years old.

Julio Cesar is 18 years old and is from El Salvador. He wants you to understand that a migrant’s life is not only sadness or loneliness, but that each person also holds a smile that reflects a better tomorrow not only for them, but for each of their families.

Necta is from Guatemala.

Nicoy‘s name is Bryant, but he is known as Nicoy. He is 18 years old. He is from Nicaragua and he wants to be a pilot.

Rachel is an artist from Honduras. She wants to be an actress.

Rodrigo is 18 years old and is from Guatemala. He likes to take photos.

Sigri wants to follow her dreams of being an agronomist in the Unites States. She is from Honduras. She is 19 years old.

Yafeth is an artist from Honduras. He is in México. He is 11 years old. He wants to travel the world to meet lots of people. He likes to make friends.