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No Somos Máquinas / We Are Not Machines

This art exhibit is the fruit of the first two years of our Storytelling Project. In collaboration with a team of talented artists and other volunteers, we collected 25 oral histories and portraits of restaurant workers throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Composed of 25 large black and white portraits, text and audio clips from interviews with workers, No Somos Máquinas highlights the voices and faces of people affected by low-wage restaurant work.

No Somos Máquinas first opened as a week-long exhibit in July 2016 at the APE gallery in downtown Northampton, where hundreds of people flocked to see it and to participate in a series of events that we hosted throughout that week:

  • Artist/Worker Panel
  • Film Showing: The Hand That Feeds
  • Voices From the Food Chain, a joint event with the Food Chain Workers Alliance
  • Live Music, & Food Justice Panel with workers, owners, and food justice activists, including Diana Robinson (Food Chain Workers Alliance), Neftali Duran (Nuestras Raíces), Alex Galimberti (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United), Toussaint Paskins (Gardening The Community), and local farmworkers.