Deported: A Family Divided

Opening: Saturday, Jul 29, 2023 12 – 4 pm
Saturday, Jul 29 – Sep 23, 2023

625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60654

Deported: A Family Divided 

Opening Reception July 29, 2023 12 - 4pm 

July 29 - September 23, 2023 

Pueblo Unido Gallery 

6212 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment 

Image: Rachel Woolf, 2017


Deported: An American Division / A Family Divided presents work from an ongoing project by Colorado-based photographer Rachel Woolf on her time with Lourdes Salazar Bautista and her family as they navigate the U.S. federal immigration system and the joys and sorrows of life between the United States and Mexico.

After residing in Michigan with her U.S. born children Bryan, Lourdes ‘Lulys’, and Pamela for 20 years, Lourdes Salazar Bautista was deported in 2017 and joined her husband Luis in Mexico, while her children found their lives and education split between the two countries. Woolf’s photographs and documentation in both the U.S. and Mexico capture the personal realities of a family separated by borders as well as first hand accounts of a complex and protracted immigration system. 

“The only thing that matters is the love we have for each other, being happy because [we] are together. When we finally get together, we are going to be an amazing family,” Lourdes says.

This exhibition marks the first collaboration between Pueblo Unido Gallery and ART WORKS Projects. Rachel Woolf was a 2018 ART WORKS Projects Emerging Lens Fellow and has since exhibited her work with AWP on several occasions, including recently in AWP’s gallery space in Chicago, Stony Brook University in New York, and as part of Arts Alliance Illinois’ One State Conference in Springfield, Illinois.