Exhibit opens: Migrants riding La Bestia up through Mexico

La Beastia train through Mexico, painting by Diego Rodarte

A painting of La Bestia, the train that carries Central American migrants across Mexico, by artist Diego Rodarte

An art exhibition focusing on the train that carries up to half a million Central American migrants across Mexico toward the United States every year opens today at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).

The exhibit, by the Artist Collective Against Discrimination, is titled “Riding the Beast,” named for the notorious train that carries desperate Central American and Mexican migrants as it rumbles across Mexico.

CLAS is mounting the exhibit in collaboration with the Mexican Museum, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Exhibit photo by Ken Li.

Center leaders said the exhibit is intended to help promote dialogue from people from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border at a time of intense national debate about immigration, human rights, walls and deportation.

The exhibit will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, through August 10 at 2334 Bowditch St., about two blocks from the south edge of campus.