Last Tuesday, September 26, 2023, an event took place that marked a milestone in the exploration of migration, identity and the power of art as a cultural bridge. Latin Magazine in collaboration with The Nasher Museum (Museum of Art at Duke University), “Mi Gente” and the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA), had the honor of presenting the book “El Arte. Espejo de un Inmigrante. Historia de Cornelio Campos” written by María del Refugio Sandoval Olivas, a prominent Mexican writer.
Exploring Identity and Cultural Adaptation
This literary work immersed us in the life and work of Cornelio Campos, a Mexican artist whose personal history and cultural heritage are intertwined with the rich history of his hometown. Through a captivating narrative, the author guided us on an introspective journey that explored themes of identity and the profound adaptation to a new culture in a foreign country.
A Conversation with the Creators
The event provided the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions with the key people behind this work:
Cornelio Campos: The Mexican artist whose life and art are the heart of this book.
María del Refugio Sandoval Olivas: The author who captured the story of Cornelio Campos in such a captivating way.
Edgar Bernal: The founder of Revista Latina and cultural promoter, the platform that made the publication of this work possible.
Latina Magazine: A Cultural Bridge
The collaboration in the creation of this book with the international writer, María del Refugio Sandoval Olivas, and the artist Cornelio Campos, was an exciting project. Edgar Bernal, the founder of Revista Latina, shared his vision about the impact of this magazine and the collaboration in the creation of this book:
“Revista Latina emerged from the need to highlight and promote the cultural richness of the Latin and Mexican community abroad. Our motivation was to create a space where our voices, stories and experiences could be appreciated. Until now, we have witnessed how the magazine has played a fundamental role in uniting the Latino community, strengthening its cultural identity and fostering mutual understanding between diverse communities abroad.”
Strengthening Education and Cultural Identity
Revista Latina has been an essential cultural bridge for the Mexican and Latin American community abroad. In addition, it has contributed to strengthening the education and cultural identity of children and young people through its educational and cultural content. They have developed Latin American School to design specific educational programs for children and young people, expanding their commitment to offering a structured and enriching education that promotes diversity and inclusion.
Thanks from Edgar Bernal
“On behalf of Revista Latina and all the collaborators in this project, we express our most sincere gratitude for having been part of this presentation of the book “El Arte. Mirror of an Immigrant. History of Cornelio Campos” by María del Refugio Sandoval Olivas.
This book is a testimony of the migratory experience and the passion for art that transcends borders. We celebrate cultural diversity and remember the importance of maintaining our roots while embracing new lands.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the creation of this book and to our readers for their continued support. We hope this work continues to inspire conversations and reflections on immigration, identity, and the power of art to connect people in a diverse and ever-changing world.
Thank you for having been part of this special moment and for supporting the promotion of Latin and Mexican culture around the world! May this book continue to enrich our cultures.”
Our sincere thanks to Cristina España, Deputy Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Office of Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina, for her presence during the Presentation of the Book “The Art. Mirror of an Immigrant. History of Cornelio Campos” at the Nasher Museum. Their commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion enriched this event. Your support is essential to foster a more inclusive and diverse community. Thank you, Cristina Spain!