“Opening of the Door of Hope”

On April 30th, I attended the 5th door opening ceremony at the US-Mexican border at Border Field State Park in San Diego.  The event was organized by Enrique Morones, of Border Angels, a human rights organization located in San Diego. The Door of Hope was opened by border patrol on the US side and six families were reunited from both sides.  The family meetings were permitted for three to five minutes each. The images chronicle the event from the moment the door opened until the final closing. This event brings much-needed attention to the many families that are separated by the Border.

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“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.”
― Guy Debord

Published by Pamela Calore

I work as a documentary artist. I use a variety of art media in my practice with photography being the main component. My documentary work focuses on historical and social issues. In recent years I have been working as a still photographer with the Border Angels and with a documentary team researching the history and personal stories of families affected by the 1931 Lemon Grove Desegregation Court Case. The assignment is called The Lemon Grove Oral History Project directed by Professor Dr. John Valdez, Multicultural Department, at Palomar College. My documentary film Total Truck has been aired on the Labor Link TV Channel (LLTV) in La Jolla, California, UCSD, and was featured alongside my mixed media work titled “Personal to Public” in a one-person exhibit at the Workman Circle in Los Angeles. An extension of this research led to my photographing the mills and factories in New England. The photographs became the exhibit titled “Time has Left its Mark,” which was featured as a one-person show at the New Bedford Art Museum in 2011.” A photo essay titled “Invisible Cities” was also produced. At present, I am also conducting art education workshops that bring art lessons to schools, shelters, and orphanages in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. I have been working in this capacity at the San Diego Museum of Art in the education department. My work fulfills a grant from the National Endowments of the Arts and Qualcomm to teach art education to underserved communities and kids at risk. My art is exhibited in universities, cultural centers, galleries, and museums, and, most recently, at The American Labor Museum in Haledon, New Jersey. My photos have appeared in several newspapers, articles in Amnesty International, and documentary films such as Sin Fronteras/Without Borders, directed by Giorgio Serafini; this film recently won Best Feature Documentary at the Atlantic City Cinefest.

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