Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari

The Sanctuary City Print Shop is an ongoing project looking at Sanctuary Cities, ICE raids and their effect in the Bay Area immigrant community. Through conversations with local nonprofits and their constituents in Oakland, this new iteration will create pop-up printing events at various locations along San Pablo Ave and in the expanded Bay Area. Our goal is to amplify these voices – using posters to get these messages out up and down San Pablo Avenue. In the Kala gallery, messages are directly silkscreen-printed on the wall with a timeline video showing qualitative and quantitative research surrounding the sanctuary ordinance and immigration issues beginning in 1989, when San Francisco became a sanctuary city, until present day. They also installed a banner “The Country of The Immigrant is Here” on the side wall at Flooring Alternatives, directly across the street from the Kala Gallery.

Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari have been researching and documenting projects related to immigration issues, specifically looking at the Sanctuary City Ordinance, for the past 10 years. Sergio De La Torre has worked with and documented the manifold ways by which citizens reinvent themselves in the city they inhabit. Chris Treggiari’s artistic practice strives to investigate how art can enter the public realm in a way that can connect wide ranges of people and neighborhoods in a variety of communities. Both Sergio and Chris are based in the Bay Area.

Related Events

Saturday, June 29 | 1 – 4:30 PM

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh and Sergio De La Torre & Chris Treggiari Artist Talk and Printmaking Activities at Kala Gallery

Saturday, July 13 | 2 – 4:30 PM

Closing Reception at Kala Gallery with Sergio De La Torre & Chris TreggiariThe Sanctuary City Print Shop at Flooring Alternatives, 2901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (across the street from the Kala Gallery)