Tanya Aguiñiga, ‘Borderlands Within’ Opening Reception at the Armory Center for the Arts

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the opening reception of Borderlands Within, an exhibition for Tanya Aguiñiga & AMBOS‘ work at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. It was so wonderful to see so many warm, familiar faces. Thank you for helping us celebrate the culmination of 4 years of hard work on the US-Mexico border.

The exhibit is now open to the public until August 2020 — go check it out while you can.

I’m including a few photos from the event, below!

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ONE FREE WEDDING IN 2020 TO THE CHILD OF AN IMMIGRANT!

Images above: All taken in Havana, Cuba — 1. My grandmother (right) sits with my great aunt (left), with my mother on her lap, 2. my mother as a little girl, posed on a coffee table, 3. my grandfather, “Francisco” Lee.

I am offering free photography for one wedding to a person in a couple (or both) who was the child of an immigrant. The immigrant story is integral to my identity and I want to do my part to give back and honor that community, especially during such a divisive time in American history. My mother came to this country from Cuba in the 1970s with only a suitcase and the wish for a better tomorrow. Without a doubt, I am here today because of her dreams and determination. Everyday I think about the long journey that my mother took to leave the only home she knew and build a new life which ultimately gave me the privilege and opportunities I have now. I know she would be proud (rest in peace) if she knew that her daughter went on to own and operate her own business which aligns with her ideals, while also doing what she loves most: photography.

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Production stills for documentary film: Dalya’s Other Country (NOW STREAMING!)

In May of last year (2016), I was asked to photograph some production stills for a documentary film called Dalya’s Other Country, directed/produced by Julia Meltzer, and co-produced by Mustafa Rony Zeno. One of my photographs ended up as the poster for the film, and that film is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime!

The film follows 4 years of life changes for Dalya & her mom Rudayna as they arrive in Los Angeles from Aleppo, Syria.

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