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Art Opening: There & Here: Stories of Displacement & Migration

  • Manny's 3092 16th Street San Francisco (map)
© Brian L. Frank

© Brian L. Frank

Please join us Sunday July 28 from 5-7pm to celebrate and learn about Brian L. Frank’s recent exhibition, There & Here: Stories of Displacement & Migration, which is currently on view at Manny’s in San Francisco. Hear from photographer Brian L. Frank in conversation with immigration reporter Monica Campbell, and remarks by Alison Kamhi, Attorney at Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

About the exhibition

There & Here: Stories of Displacement & Migration
Photographs by Brian L. Frank

Last November two crises came to a head in California simultaneously. Families fleeing extreme violence, corruption, and failed economic systems walked north from Central America for weeks, only to be stopped at California’s southern border, where thousands collected in dangerous, ad hoc refugee enclaves.

To the North, environmental refugees fled the most deadly fire in state history, amplified by climate change and years of drought. The Camp Fire burned 12,000 homes, displacing families throughout the region.While displacement and migration may have different causes, the subsequent experiences and challenges can be similar--parents struggle to hold their families together, find work, and rebuild their lives. While these photographs were taken between 2017 and 2019, the crises themselves continue to unfold.

There & Here explores connections between these two affected populations highlighting their common humanity.

This exhibition was conceived and developed by Matthew and Lisa Chanoff, supported by the Rose Gold Fund, and produced by CatchLight. Exhibition Curated by: Jenny Jacklin Stratton (CatchLight). Special thanks to Manny’s SF.


Allá y Aquí: Historias de Desplazamiento y Migración
Fotografías de Brian L. Frank

El noviembre pasado dos crisis llegaron a un punto crítico en California simultáneamente. Las familias que huían de la violencia extrema, la corrupción y los sistemas económicos fallidos caminaron hacia el norte desde Centroamérica durante semanas, solo para ser detenidas en la frontera sur de California, donde miles de personas se reunían en enclaves de refugiados peligrosos y ad hoc.

Al norte, los refugiados ambientales huyeron del fuego más mortal en la historia del estado, amplificado por el cambio climático y los años de sequía. El Incendio de Camp quemó 12,000 hogares, desplazando familias en toda la región.Aunque el desplazamiento y la migración pueden tener diferentes causas, las experiencias y los desafíos subsiguientes pueden ser similares: los padres luchan por mantener unidas a sus familias, encontrar trabajo y reconstruir sus vidas. Aunque estas fotografías se tomaron entre 2017 y 2019, las crisis continúan desarrollándose.

Allá y Aquí explora las conexiones entre estas dos poblaciones afectadas, destacando su humanidad común.

Esta exposición fue concebida y desarrollada por Matthew y Lisa Chanoff, con el apoyo del Rose Gold Fund y producida por CatchLight. Exposición curada por: Jenny Jacklin Stratton (CatchLight). Un agradecimiento especial a Manny's SF.

Original Poster Art created by Paola Coimbra Sanabria | Mission Gráfica

About the Speakers


Brian L. Frank is a San Francisco native who has worked on social documentary projects across the Americas. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, California Sunday Magazine, Harpers, The Atlantic, GQ, Mother Jones, Newsweek, TIME, Wired, Politico, The New York Times, U.S.News & World Report, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. In 2017 he was awarded a CatchLight Fellowship.


Monica Campbell is a senior editor/reporter at The World, focusing on immigration and immigrant life in the United States. She works with a network of journalists based throughout the country and elsewhere in the world to uncover how shifting US demographics are changing everything from culture to politics. In 2009-10, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.


Alison Kamhi is a Supervising Attorney based in San Francisco. Alison is a dedicated immigrant advocate who brings significant experience in immigration law to the ILRC. Alison provides technical assistance through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program on a wide range of immigration issues, including immigration options for youth, consequences of criminal convictions for immigration purposes, removal defense strategy, and eligibility for immigration relief, including family-based immigration, U visas, VAWA, DACA, cancellation of removal, asylum, and naturalization.

Earlier Event: June 26
CatchLight Local Information Session