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In When It’s Time to Leave, Renzo Ortega exhibits works from “The Southern Series,” a painting project that he has been working on since he relocated to Carrboro, North Carolina from New York in the fall of 2016. This series represents the issues that families are confronting, such a displacement, economic crisis and health, and the hopeful efforts to improve their quality of life. Ortega paints this series because his journey is similar to the experience of many people that came to this country. Ortega believes that being an active community member makes him part part of the country’s economy and culture. For this reason, as an immigrant Peruvian artist working in the United States, Ortega wants to continue with the legacy of the The Works Progress Administration (WPA) artists that, during The Great Depression, expressed in their work the life of the people of America.