America’s non-Essentials: A Conversation of Art, Awareness, and Immigration
Photographs by Thomas Kiefer, from his collection “El Sueño Americano”, will be on display at St. Christopher’s Church (7902 Steamboat Is. Rd NW; Olympia, WA) on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16 from noon to 4pm each day. With permission of the artist, some of his photographic images were made into prints and mounted for the community to view in and around the church grounds.
As a janitor for Customs and Border Protection in Ajo, Arizona from 2003 to 2014, Mr. Kiefer found, through serendipity, the confiscated and discarded belongings of undocumented migrants apprehended in the desert. Being a photographer, he collected these items and eventually decided to photograph them as “symbols of humanity”.
Come see the photographs and read about Mr. Kiefer’s experience working as a janitor for CBP, how he came across these belongings, everything from cans of tuna to rosaries, what he has to say about some of them, and why he decided to photograph these belongings.
The event is free, however we will be accepting monetary donations for RAICES-Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and CIELO-Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia.