MONTEVIDEO – A new photography exhibition in Montevideo tries to show how European immigrants “fused their culture with that of Uruguayans,” Migration Museum (MUMI) director Irene Cabrera told EFE.
The exhibition, titled “De este lado: Historias de inmigrantes europeos en Uruguay” (On This Side: The Stories of European Immigrants in Uruguay), features 12 photographs by Uruguayan photographer Carlos Contrera that “open a window” into the lives of European immigrants, Cabrera said.
Contrera took the photographs while examining the lives of Italian immigrant Desiree Conti and Gabriel Musitelli, who run Vissi d’Arte, an organization that promotes cultural events in Montevideo.
The exhibition is based on a “project sustained by a very anthropological vision” of immigrants in Uruguay and required months of work, Cabrera said.
Conti and Musitelli interviewed the exhibition’s subjects, who come from Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Britain, Switzerland and Sweden.
The majority of the immigrants in Uruguay, according to School of Social Sciences census figures, come from Italy and Spain, with 12,676 and 5,541 immigrants, respectively.
A total of 1,167 immigrants arrived from Germany, while 850 came from France and 367 from Portugal.
The exhibition, which received support from the Montevideo Photography Center and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), runs until March 6 at the MUMI.