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Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell Their Stories


Artworks are open to public
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
2:30–5:30 PM 
Peralta House Museum
2465 34th Ave. Oakland
Timeline & Stories are open to public
Seven days a week
Dawn to Dusk 
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Historic Core
2465 34th Ave. Oakland


Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell their Stories is an exhibition that explores the lives of Oakland’s undocumented workers from Mexico and Central America. A large-scale outdoor exhibit highlights these day laborers’ accounts of their lives, juxtaposed against a chilling historical timeline of events in the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

The day laborers–with artists Marion Coleman and Ramon Carrillo–made paintings and quilts that dramatize their journeys, sacrifice, and resilience. Explore the exhibition below.

Photography and exhibit design by Jeff Norman. The project is a partnership with Street Level Health Project.

Carolina Lopez painting

Mario Pina quilt

Stories Exhibit

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