A Collaborative Theater and Photography Project Focusing on ImmigrationBack to BE SEEN
LA RUTA is a cross-disciplinary theater project and photographic installation about the experience of immigrants being smuggled over the border. Staged inside an actual semi-truck to immerse the audience in the harrowing experience of crossing the border illegally, LA RUTA provides a rare opportunity for the NYC public to consider the sacrifices and risks involved in making such a journey.
The Magnum Foundation in collaboration with Working Theater explores the use of photo-based projections within the play as an additional narrative tool that helps to visualize the interior world of the characters. The projections within the play feature work from the Magnum Photos archive, showcasing the work of award winning Magnum photographers who have covered Central America and the U.S. – Mexico border for the past twenty years including Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Larry Towell, and Alex Webb.
A post-performance installation is intended to broaden the conversation from border crossings to the real experiences of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. The installation features both Magnum photographers (Chien-Chi Chang, Paul Fusco, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin,) and young, emerging documentary talent (Ruth Prieto and Mimi Schiffman), who have been mentored and supported through the Magnum Foundation Fellowship Program.
Immigration Debate in Images
Magnum Foundation is sharing images from the Magnum Photos archive to visualize the key issues of the congressional debate.
As part of the LA RUTA project, MF produced the take-away pamphlet, Passport to the Immigration Debate, to provide all audience members with a means to learn more and become engaged with key issues in the immigration debate.
We've also shared below other important links and resources:
- Center for American Progress
- Legalization and Citizenship Helps the Economy
- National Prison Divestment Campaign
- Dignity not Detention
- Drop the I-Word
- NY Dream Act
- Dream Activist