This exhibition is based on the research work carried out by New York University Professor James D. Fernández, a descendent of Asturians, and Asturian journalist and filmmaker Luis Argeo, whose past also interweaves with this emigration.

Luis Argeo (left) and James Fernández (right).
Photo: Juan de la Fuente.

For over ten years, Fernández and Argeo have been putting together a precious archive of thousands of digitalized photographs from family albums. These significant images, taken at home, work or during social occasions are enchanting, powerful, and nostalgic.

The researchers have also compiled a wealth of documents and first-hand testimonies that reveal the brave and emotional epic journey that these men, women, and often whole families embarked upon. These include letters and postcards, recordings, boat tickets, passenger lists, menus, census records, residence permits, announcements, advertisements, etc.

James Fernández.
Foto: Juan de la Fuente.

James D. Fernández (Brooklyn, New York, 1961) is a Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at New York University (NYU) and Director of NYU Madrid. The grandson of Asturians who emigrated at the beginning of the 20th century, Fernández did his doctorate in Romance Languages at Princeton University (1988). He was the inaugural Director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center from when it was founded in 1995 until 2007.

Over the last thirty years, his research and publications have been focused on the historical, literary, and cultural links between Spain and the Americas. Since 2012, alongside Luis Argeo, he has been directing the project “Invisible Emigrants: Spaniards in the United States”.

Luis Argeo.
Photo: Juan de la Fuente.

Luis Argeo (Asturias, 1975) is a journalist and documentary film maker. He writes about culture and society for the press. Argeo has a degree in Journalism from the Pontifical University of Salamanca and has written 15 books, and travel guides published by Anaya Touring.

He has produced, directed, and scripted for films such as “AsturianUS” (2006) and “Corsino, by Cole Kivlin” (2010), which were shown at various international film festivals. Since 2012, he has co-directed the project “Invisible Emigrants: Spaniards in the United States” with James D. Fernández.