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The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers

Photo courtesy of Caleb Kenna

Photo courtesy of Caleb Kenna

Migrant Mexican farm workers began arriving on Vermont dairy farms almost ten years ago and continue to work here living hidden lives. Through intimate photographs and interviews, The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers exhibit offers a revealing portrait of dairy farmers and Mexican workers and a glimpse into their interdependent lives—what they hope for and who they are.

Conceived by former Vermont Migrant Education Program tutor Chris Urban whose work teaching English brought him to farms around Addison County, The Golden Cage pairs photographs of dairy farmers and Mexican workers created by Caleb Kenna with audio and text excerpts from interviews conducted by Chris Urban. The exhibit was produced in association with the Vermont Folklife Center. Although the exhibit focuses specifically on Addison County, similar stories–in all their complexity and contradiction–could be told in dairy farming communities around Vermont and throughout the United States.

The exhibit will be on view in the lobby of Bailey/Howe Library until May 22, 2009.

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