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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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This project has pushed me to think about my city and neighborhood in ways that I never would have fathomed. I’ve learned to appreciate urban photography and social media sites as primary sources that can clearly illuminate an individual’s take on the world they belong to. The work of these artists and bloggers shows us the possibilities for self-representation that come out of social media sites such as Tumblr and Instagram, and urges us to reject dominant representations of Los Angeles that obscure the presence of communities, and especially women, of color. Moving forward, it’s crucial that we take these projects seriously as we seek to understand how Latino communities perceive of their sense of belonging and mastery over the city’s landscapes. Although photography is an artistic medium that is not available to everyone, and not every Chicana woman feels comfortable in front of the camera, powerful representations such as the ones we’ve explored in this exhibit can be empowering images that may impact the way young women perceive their self-agency in Los Angeles. Further research on the photographers’ perspectives would help enrich our understandings of these projects, as well as research into Latina/o art scenes that privilege the work of artists and photographers from the barrio. And lastly but not least, we must stay in tune with young Chicanas like Rosie who are invested in turning cyber and aesthetic discourses into transformative community action.

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