• Julie Balzer

One Photo at a Time: Changing the Immigration Narrative in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Having devoted much of the past decade to documenting global health challenges and women’s human rights issues, Silicon Valley-based photographer Mark Tuschman is now using his stunning portraiture to shatter the stigma and rhetoric being perpetuated about immigration in the United States.

His traveling exhibit debuted in Washington, D.C. and will make its way to Silicon Valley mid-May.

Photgrapher Mark Tuschman from his exhibit's website www.ImmigrantsAreUs.org

On the exhibit's website he says:

"In a world where people are increasingly polarized in their views and where social media has siphoned us off into communities of like-minded people, preconceived notions and biases are on the rise and not as quick or easy to dial back. Knowing that those who succumb to negative narratives about immigrants may have had few opportunities to engage, in proximity, with them, I wanted to bring the breadth, depth, and complexity of immigrant experiences and contributions forward through photographs and stories, giving people access in a way that they may not have otherwise had. After all, one can argue about politics or even disregard facts but one cannot argue a person’s story."

To see a preview of this body of work and hear presentations by Mark Tuschman and immigrants who have participated in this project you are invited to:

Art Ventures Gallery at 888 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park:

Thursday May 16 7-9 pm

Friday May 17 7-9 pm

Saturday May 18 5-7pm

Also, the gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, closed Sundays & Mondays.

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