Migrantes is an exhibition dually created by photographer Adam Ferguson and the subjects in the images. Ferguson traveled to migrant camps along the Mexican border to photograph and interview migrants on their journey from their homeland to their aspirational destination.
First published in the New York Times on July 1st, what makes these photographs unique is the self-determination created by the sitters operating the remote control to the large format camera used by Ferguson. By providing minimal guidance, surrendering command of the shutter, and then stepping away from the camera, Ferguson allows the subjects to engage exclusively with how they wanted to be depicted. The end product is a collection of images that are graphic, honest, and personal in nature. Their individual stories provide keen insights of what their migration experience is like and what put them on the path to immigration in the first place.
Printed at five feet by four feet, the images are powerful statements of individual courage and determination. Migrantes will be in the Window Gallery, which is viewable 24/7 from outside the museum.
The exhibition is curated by Victor Gomez, Curatorial Assistant at the WMA and 2021 Hendrix graduate. The photographer Adam Ferguson was born in New South Wales, Australia. He earned a Bachelor of Photography from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2004.