From Around Here
Photographer Lara Shipley and journalist Ann Friedman examine the trend in a discussion of their multimedia project spotlighting the shifting demographics of Columbus Junction. The southeast Iowa town reflects the impact of migration -- regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Shipley is an assistant professor of photography at Michigan State University. Friedman is co-host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend and a regular contributor to NYmag.com and The Los Angeles Times, among other outlets. Joining them in the discussion are Rekha Sharma-Crawford, an immigration rights attorney working with the nonprofit legal defense firm The Clinic, and artist Jose Faus, a native of Bogota, Colombia, who received a cultural ambassador grant from the U.S. State Department for his community-driven murals.
Shipley's and Friedman's venture is funded by a Rocket Grant administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art.