INVISIBLE EMIGRANTS. The exhibit that recovers the presence of Spaniards in the United States


On January 22, the exhibition Emigrantes invisibles. Españoles en EE. UU. (1868-1945), the new cultural project organized by the Foundation with the collaboration of the Madrid City Hall, was inaugurated in the Conde Duque Cultural Center with over 160 guests.

The exhibition, divided into six chapters, will bring to the light the so far unknown history of Spanish emigration to the United States in the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century by means of a selection from the photography archive gathered and treasured by their descendants over the years; more than 200 digitalized files and 125 originals selected from the more than 15.000 materials retrieved by the curators, including personal photographs and travel documents, homemade films, items and souvenirs.

In the morning, before the inauguration, the press was invited to the presentation of the exhibition, where they had the opportunity to interview curators James Fernandez and Luis Argeo and several descendants of the invisible emigrants whose stories are a part of Emigrantes invisibles, who have generously donated part of their family archives to the exhibition.

At 7:15 pm, the inauguration event started with the interventions of Juan Lladó, President of the Board of Trustees, Emilio del Río, Director-General of Libraries, Archives and Museums of the Madrid City Hall, Jesús Sainz, President of Foundation Rey Juan Carlos I, and Benjamin Ziff, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Spain. After them, James Fernández and Luis Argeo, curators of the exhibition, and Anthony Carreño, representing the descendants of the invisible emigrants, spoke about the sentimental value it has for them.

The attendees could enjoy a special pass to the exhibition before it opened its doors to the public on January 23rd.

Emigrantes invisibles. Españoles en EE. UU. (1868-1945) is sponsored by New York University and its foundation in Spain, Fundación Rey Juan Carlos I, Técnicas Reunidas, the United States Embassy in Spain, the Franklin Institute of the University of Alcalá de Henares, Navantia and Cosentino, and will be opened to the public at the Sala Sur of the Conde Duque Cultural Center until April 12, 2020.