Martin's Images and Conversations presented by: DEANNA LEDEZMA,
PhD Candidate, Art History Department
The displacement of communities by urban renewal in Tucson, Arizona looms large in the oral histories mediated by Patricia Preciado Martin in Images and Conversations: Mexican Americans Recall a Southwestern Past (1983). Acting as the visual component of the book, Louis Carlos Bernal's photographs depict the interviewees in their domestic settings, yet their recollections expose the artificial delineation between the intimate and public spheres. The multi-generational stories told by the thirteen Mexican Americans demonstrate how, for them, the home was no retreat from the sociopolitical context in which they lived. With their histories marginalized and neighborhoods dismantled in the name of progress, their family pictures - and Bernal's photographs of them for public viewership - serve as fortifiers of kinship and resistance against racialized oppression.
1550 Conference Room UH University Hall
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