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Media Release
March 6, 2017
Halifax, NS

New Temporary Exhibit at Pier 21 Showcases Art Created by Immigrant and Migrant Women

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is pleased to unveil Mosaic: Identity and Community Connection, a Community Presents exhibit by the Immigrant Migrant Women’s Association of Halifax, with a special event March 8 at 6 p.m.

The exhibit, a multi-media sculptural collaboration, explores identity from immigrant and migrant women’s perspectives and uses art as a tool for community building.

Led by mixed media artist Miro Davis and anthropologist María José Yax-Fraser, the project features 11 works of art by women from nine different countries of origin. The goal was to create an art exhibit that would enhance the participants' identity, sense of place, belonging and community connection.

Pier 21 will host a special exhibit opening, which will be free and open to the public, March 8 at 6 p.m. The event will serve as a celebration of International Women’s Day and will allow the public to take in the exhibit, participate in an interactive art project, and watch performances by local dancers and musicians from the immigrant and migrant community.

Featured in Mosaic are artists Pia Elustondo, Maribel Usuga, Fatima Cajee, Patricia González Rivero, Jhoanna Gonzales Miners, Katrina Tomas, Mahnaz Sobani, Sholeh Lotfi, María José Yax-Fraser, and Maria Dlutek.

Mosaic: Identity and Community Connection will be shown at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in the Hall of Tribute from March 8, 2017 to May 3, 2017. Entrance to the exhibit will be included in regular Museum admission prices.

The project is supported by the Halifax Regional Municipality; the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; Support4Culture, a designated lottery program of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation; and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Quick Facts

  • There are several different materials used in this collaborative project, including copper, clay, glass, earthenware, wood, paint and miscellaneous found material.


“This exhibit offers a window into the shared and varied experiences that immigrant and migrant women have had and their individual and collective efforts to build a better community for all. Through different art pieces, the exhibit will allow people to get a sense of the struggles, challenges, and successes that have made these women who they are today. It is both timely and fitting that we unveil the project on International Women’s Day.”
- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

“My inspiration for the exhibit is my daily exposure to the stories of immigrant and migrant women. Stories that speak of the contributions they make to their communities, of their strength and wisdom to navigate cultures and economic and political systems in their process of integration; and of their vulnerability and resiliency as they re-create new identifications, re-build a sense of place and re-articulate new meanings of home and belonging.”
- María José Yax-Fraser, founding member of the Immigrant Migrant Women’s Association of Halifax.

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Remo Zaccagna
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264
Mobile: (902) 430-3986
Toll Free: 1-855-526-4721 ext. 264

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About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

About the Immigrant Migrant Women’s Association of Halifax
IMWAH is a non-profit and culturally diverse organization established in 2012 and registered with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies in 2013. It serves im/migrant women, female youth and girls in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Its goal and mission is to address the challenges, celebrate the contributions, and respond to the unique needs and concerns of im/migrant women and girls. Our gender related mandate is to provide support tailored to female focused initiatives.

About Community Presents
Community Presents is an outreach partnership program designed to celebrate the unique heritage of cultural groups and community organizations. Through the program, groups and organizations have the opportunity to tell their story through the creation of their own Museum exhibition. The exhibitions allow cultural groups to showcase their unique traditions and culture, giving the public a better understanding of our collective and distinct cultural heritages. Exhibitions run for approximately two to three months and entrance is included with Museum Admission.