Image - speaker and footsteps painted on pavement
Past Event


The Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California and The Consulate of Colombia in San Francisco are pleased to invite you to the inauguration of the photographic exhibition Foto-Diásporas, a traveling exhibition making its debut in San Francisco. The exhibition is a research and creative project about Colombians' forced cross-border migration.

Through the eyes and voices of 15 Colombian men and women, Foto-Diásporas uses the power of participatory photography to make visible the experiences of forcibly displaced Colombians living in the United States and their demands for recognition and reparation. This exhibition pays tribute to the victims from the past armed conflict and honoring their resilience, courage and hope.

In our panel discussion, victims of forced migration will share their story. Program speaker Sonia Marina Pereira Portilla is the general consul of the Consulate of Colombia in San Francisco. The event includes Colombian food and refreshments, and music will be presented by Afro-Colombian group, Marimba del Litoral – Música del Pacifico.

The event will be hosted by Ambassador Sonia Marina Pereira Portilla, consul general of Colombia, alongside Saday Osorio Córdoba, the Consulate's social advisor, human rights advocate, and director/founder of the Nativa Foundation.

Foto-Diásporas will run through July 18 to September 6, 2024. The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Humanity United, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Colombian Unit for Victims. And it is supported by Commonwealth Club World Affairs, the Colombian General Consulate in San Francisco, and Colombia Nos Une.

MLF Organizer
Robert Melton

An Arts Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

Speaker photos courtesy the speakers.


Consulado de Colombia en San Francisco



University of Massachusetts Amherst





Colombia NOs


Humanity United



Hoppytta Beer
Casa Sanchez
The Choclo
July 18, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Sonia Solano

Sonia Solano

Victim of forced migration

Image - Saday Osorio Córdoba

Saday Osorio Córdoba

Colombia Consulate's Social Advisor; Human Rights Advocate; Director/Founder, Nativa Foundation

Image - Sonia Marina Pereira Portilla

Sonia Marina Pereira Portilla

General Consul of the General Consulate of Colombia in San Francisco

Image - Robert Melton

Robert Melton

Art Curator and Co-chair, Arts Member-led Forum, Commonwealth Club World Affairs—Host