Berkeley Rep mounts exhibit of immigrant stories

Berkeley Repertory Theater’s current show, Martyna Majok’s “Sanctuary City,” features two DREAMERS searching for their place in America. To tie the stage and the real world together, Berkeley Rep set up an exhibit in the lobby of collected stories, artwork and posters of immigration stories.

“Into the Light: Stories and Lived Experiences of Immigration” is a collaboration with three local organizations providing immigration support services: East Bay Sanctuary Alliance, Oasis Legal Centerand Non-mute youth. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant also provided expert consulting services to the cast of “Sanctuary City” as they researched and prepared their characters.

The exhibition includes multimedia pieces, posters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc., each from local artists. The artists reflect the experiences of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, recipients of DACA (deferred actions for childhood arrival) and recipients of TPS (temporary protected status) in the region of Bay and beyond.

Asri Wulandari (she/they), a digital and performance artist featured in the exhibition, stands at the intersection of multiple identities as a refugee, queer, trans Muslim of color. Asri’s play “Mandi Kembang”, a photograph from a larger collection on identity, questions the norms, rules and myths imposed on our cultural and socio-political environment. Another artist, Brianna Davis, uses her piece “I am Too Expansive”, an acrylic painting of a woman, to express an affirmation of those who navigate the world with marginalized identities – not by choice, but by simple fact. to be black or brown, queer or undocumented.

“While Berkeley Rep takes great pride in presenting rich and diverse storytelling from the stage,” says Associate General Manager Sunshine Deffner, “we are also proud to support local organizations engaged in the real-life experiences of the stories we tell as than artists.”

This installation is part of In Dialogue, a new initiative by Berkeley Rep that develops deeper relationships with our communities. “Sanctuary City” and “Into the Light” at Berkeley Rep through August 14.

The exhibit in the Berkeley Rep lobby, “Into the Light,” tells true stories about immigration to complement the “Sanctuary City” piece. Credit: Berkeley rep

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