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Prichard Art Gallery Exhibit Puts Guatemalan Migration in Perspective

January 10, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 10, 2019 — An exhibit of provocative photography that explores the factors driving residents of Guatemala from their homes in search of a better life will open Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery in collaboration with the university’s Martin Institute.

The photographs that make up “Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration,” organized by Curators Without Borders, invite viewers to consider the complexity of Guatemalan life as well as the stereotyping of migrants that permeates today’s society. Guatemalans have long suffered with institutional violence and sociopolitical problems — corruption, poverty, genocide, gang violence and resource exploitation — that have led to considerable human suffering.

“There is a lot of rhetoric used to create an image about people who might seek a better life for themselves and their families,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery. “‘Push Factors’ helps bring depth and understanding to what others see as political pawns. Being responsive to a rapidly changing world and meeting important issues of the day has been a hallmark of the Prichard. Partnering with U of I’s Martin Institute to present this very timely exhibition leverages the university’s expertise to enrich our understanding.”

“Push Factors” features work by award-winning photographers and photojournalists Rodrigo Abd, James Rodríguez and William B. Plowman, along with written accounts from migrant youth. The Prichard will also feature videos and additional still images by Rodríguez and Abd projected in the balcony galleries.

Abd, from Bueno Aires, Argentina, is a staff photographer for The Associated Press based in Guatemala. He covered Venezuela’s presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, the Haitian earthquake in 2010, the political conflict in Libya in 2011 and the Syrian armed conflict in 2012, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Rodríguez has been based in Guatemala since 2006, focusing on post-war processes, human rights abuses, land tenure issues and social conflicts caused by extractive industries in the region. Rodríguez has worked for publications including the International New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian and TIME for Kids.

Plowman is based in Washington, D.C., and is the contributing photographer for NBC’s weekly political news program “Meet the Press.” His work focuses on issues of political, economic, social and humanitarian import around the world. He has covered the revolution in Haiti, a failed coup d’état in Venezuela, the Afghan refugee crisis and the impact of the economic crisis in the U.S. Plowman’s work has been widely recognized and awarded by the Picture of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association and several other organizations.

“Push Factors” runs through Feb. 24 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Rodríguez will be present at the reception and give a gallery talk, which is free and open to the public, at noon on Thursday, Jan. 24.

The Prichard Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Prichard is an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture and is located at 414 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional information about the exhibit is available at

Media Contacts

Roger Rowley
Director, Prichard Art Gallery

Bill Smith
Director, Martin Institute and International Studies Program Chair

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