Working America January 28, 2024 - March 17, 2024 3rd Floor Gallery
In the photography exhibition Working America, artist Sam Comen presents American immigrants and first-generation Americans at work in the small, skilled trades as icons of the American experience. A variety of themes are explored in the portraits and accompanying interviews, including the dignity of work, inequity among immigrant nationalities, the political relevance of labor migrants, the intergenerational legacies of inherited skills, and thelearning of new skills to adapt to the new land of opportunity.
Working America is a meditation on American belonging and American becoming; it poetically acknowledges the lives and contributions of working men and women make as a part of our country and our collective experience.
This activity is funded in part by grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation, the F-M Area Foundation, the Alex Stern Family Foundation, and The Arts Partnership with the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.