Exhibition Opening at Manny's: There & Here: Stories of Displacement & Migration


On Sunday July 28 we gathered to celebrate and learn more about Brian L. Frank’s first solo exhibition There & Here: Stories of Displacement & Migration at Manny’s. The opening reception and conversation with immigration reporter Monica Campbell was followed by engaged dialogue around the work. Attorney Alison Kamhi briefed the crowd on current immigration rights challenges in California, as well as nationally, and actionable steps people can take to get involved. This included the ILRC’s Red Cards, which help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Approximately 250 red cards were distributed at the event, and are still available for free at Manny's while supplies last. The exhibition will be on view at Manny’s through September 5, 2019 — make sure to stop by, spend some time with the images and share your thoughts on the wall.

This exhibition and event was conceived and developed by Matthew Chanoff, supported by the Rose Gold Fund, and produced by CatchLight. The exhibition was curated by Jenny Jacklin Stratton. Special thanks to Manny’s for providing a civically engaged home for this work, Farming for Hope for their delicious food and Attorney Alison Kamhi for sharing actionable steps people can take to get involved.

I was deeply moved by the discussion and integrity of the work. Thank you for bringing the community together to share actionable insights on an issue that will affect us deeply for years to come.
As someone who knows people in both the fires and who are scared of being deported this exhibition really shares their stories with beautiful dignity.
I had no idea that inmates made up a sizable portion of the firefighters protecting communities from wildfires. It makes me upset to think about how little is said of their life-threatening service.


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.

Photos by Sarahbeth Maney