Last Wednesday, September 27 of this year, the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh became the scene of a unique and emotional event directed by the Consul General of Mexico, Claudia Velasco Osorio: the presentation of the book “El Arte. Espejo de an Immigrant. Story of Cornelio Campos”, written by María del Refugio Sandoval Olivas, affectionately known as Cuquis Sandoval. This book combines the richness of the narrative with the chronicle of a life marked by migration and a passion for art.
The event featured a panel that explored the history and creation process behind this unique work, and was comprised of three notable figures: Cornelio Campos, a self-taught Mexican artist whose life is the epicenter of this story; Dr. María del Refugio Sandoval Olivas, Mexican writer who immersed us in the pages of this work; and Engineer Edgar Bernal, the founder of Revista Latina, a fundamental figure in the creation of this project.
The event began with an introduction by the Consul General of Mexico, Claudia Velasco Osorio, who highlighted the importance of this book as a window to the life of the Mexican immigrant in the United States, the character of the story Cornelio Campos, becomes the protagonist of a captivating narrative that explores identity and adaptation to a new culture.
An essential part of the event were the question and answer sessions in which the public could interact with the protagonists of this story.
One of the questions addressed to Engineer Edgar Bernal was about the motivation to undertake this project, to which he responded: “The motivation to undertake this project comes from our deep conviction in the importance of giving voice to the stories of the Latin community in the abroad. At Revista Latina, we have always believed in the richness of our cultural roots and in the need to share those stories to inspire and connect people.”
Another key question addressed how this book contributes to promoting cultural diversity and creating a space for these stories to transcend borders. Edgar Bernal noted: “This book plays a fundamental role in promoting cultural diversity by offering a window into the life of Cornelio Campos and his experience as an immigrant. Through narrative and art, it creates a space where borders cultural are blurred.”
The conversation continued with the evolution of Revista Latina’s approach over the years and its role in promoting cultural diversity and inclusion. Bernal highlighted how the magazine has expanded its focus to reflect the growing diversity of the Latino community and its interaction with other cultures.
Regarding the linking and promotion of the interaction of cultures from abroad, Edgar Bernal explained that Revista Latina actively seeks to create bridges that unite people through art, music, literature and other creative media, promoting intercultural dialogue .
The event concluded with expressions of gratitude to the Consul General of Mexico, Claudia Velasco Osorio, who provided the opportunity to present this project at the Consulate. Your warm welcome and continued support of the Latino community in the Carolinas was noted and appreciated.
Ultimately, the presentation of “The Art. Mirror of an Immigrant. History of Cornelio Campos” at the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh not only celebrated an exceptional literary work, but also highlighted the importance of culture, immigration and the diversity that enriches our world. Cuquis Sandoval and Cornelio Campos reminded us of the powerful ability of art and narrative to unite people across cultural boundaries and, in the process, strengthen our identity and appreciation for each other. This event was a testament to the power of collaboration and the passion for sharing stories that connect us all as human beings.