Mexican Art Gallery

This video shows a Mexican art gallery in Los Angeles which exhibits the works of a family of folk artists who live in Mexico City. Later in the video is also a brief interview with an immigrant who was a winner of the green card lottery, who speaks mostly about her time in this country as an immigrant.

0:00Copy video clip URL Open on a store front, probably the front of the Mexican Art Gallery. The quality is extremely poor in the beginning. There are pieces of folk art on display especially stylized skeletons. A sign can be seen to say “Linares – three generations of master folk artists.” There are several film industry inspired skeletons within the shop itself. Judith Binder, the videomaker, begins trying to talk with one of the artists but she only speaks Spanish. Another woman comes out and speaks with Binder about some of the pieces, especially the Charlie Chaplin piece and the family who makes the pieces. Binder is taken to the back room studio and she sees some of the process of making the pieces, the woman from before talks about the different work of each member of the family, she talks specifically about the patriarch of the entire family and how he has his own pieces called alebrijes, which look a bit like dragons.

11:14Copy video clip URL Switch to footage of Gabriella who has just won the green card lottery. She talks about her husband and her experience as an immigrant to the United States.

18:32Copy video clip URL Video ends.

 

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