In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month at the University of Pennsylvania, La Casa Latina, the University’s Center for Hispanic Excellence, is hosting a reception and panel discussion for the exhibit, Faces of Courage: Ten Years of Building Sanctuary, From the Ground Up on Wednesday, October 11, 5-7 p.m. in the ARCH Building Gallery, on the ground level. The exhibit, which features photographs by Harvey Finkle, runs through October 25; it is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours: Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Harvey Finkle is a documentary still photographer whose interests are social, political, economic and cultural. His career has centered on photographing marginalized and disenfranchised communities and their Movements; these include low income and homeless families, refugees and immigrants, the disabled and the Deaf, as well as other groups working for economic equality, peace, justice, human rights and civil rights. La Casa Latina promotes greater awareness of Latinx issues, culture and identity at Penn. La Casa Latina works closely with the Penn community to offer a supportive environment where all students are welcomed and engaged in programs, events and dialogues that address important issues affecting Latinxs/Hispanics locally, nationally and internationally.
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia is an interfaith, multicultural immigrant justice organization working to build community across faith, ethnicity and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all and ensure that values of dignity, justice and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.
“These photos make me proud of all that we have done. I am proud we are able to carry something of us, that people can see you can serve others, to be able to serve others with my heart,” said Teresa Herrera, New Sanctuary Movement leader.
“Seeing Harvey’s photos of the last ten years is an anchor for me. With the brutality of the Trump administration’s weekly attacks on the immigrant communities, Harvey’s photos remind us to breathe, to connect with community, to remember the power of collective action and celebrate the victories we have had. From this grounding, we find the strength and spirit to fight back every day,” said Peter Pedemonti, New Sanctuary Movement executive director.