Alegría Peruanx

Alegria Peruanx

A healing photo-exhibit and in-conversation experience where, photographer and filmmaker Connie Chavez, shares the narratives of 15 different displaced Peruvians from historically oppressed communities. Chavez takes the audience through a though-provoking conversation of re-education, accountability and solidarity, touching on how Peruanxs, in Peru and the diaspora, are experiencing a mental health epidemic. According to Peru’s mental health survey, 1 in 5 Peruvians have mental health issues from the effects of decades of terrorism, xenophobia, and corruption in Peru. Her goal is to empower people with knowledge, inspire folks to work within their own communities in order to dismantle systems of oppression, and strengthen community with love and allyship. On November 30th, 2018, over 130 people packed the exhibit to witness these pressing issues be addressed, for the first time in history, through the eyes of displaced Peruvians. Chavez will be starting her speaking & gallery tour Spring 2019. To bring her to a city near you please, send us an email to conniechavezfilms@gmail.com

Event photos courtesy of Evelyn Martinez @xicanayork