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Photo exhibit shows us Imperial County then and now

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A local non-profit clinic in Calexico hosted a photography exhibition showcasing Imperial County through the decades.

This exhibition is supporting the opening of the clinic's new thrift store for homeless and low-income families.

Times Photographer and Calexico Native Jimmy Dorantes had three weeks to put together a photo exhibit that showed Imperial County then and now.


“Captured are slices and moments of life, how the people were exactly in that time," said Jimmy Dorantes.

Blanca Morales, Chief Executive officer of the center, says this exhibition was a way to remind people of the good times while also getting the word out about resources.

The unemployment rate in Imperial County is 19 percent, the highest rate in the state of California.

“People have lost their jobs and have no income, so we’re also going to be able to donate clothes to families for free since we are a non-profit and it’s just good to give people hope right now,” said Blanca Morales, Chief Executive Officer of Calexico Wellness Center.

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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