OXY ARTS is proud to host Las Fotos Project to celebrate the students in their Digital Promotoras: Homeland program. Over the Spring 2022 semester, Las Fotos Project participated in Oxy's Mellon Arts + Tech grant, which supports an artist and/or organization to produce an original project and funds an Oxy student to work with the artist / organization. Join us to celebrate the culmination of this project and grant!
This project was made possible with the generous support of the Mellon Foundation.
Using documentary photography and photojournalism fundamentals, our Digital Promotoras students use imagery to expose hidden truths about our own communities and advocate for positive change. This semester, students were critical of the effect time has had on land and the consequent social spaces that are created as a result of its ownership. In the subsequent images, our students seek to form an archive of land possession within their respective neighborhoods. With cultures, histories, and traditions the way in which land has shifted, excluded, and included individuals and communities is highlighted as a way to address changes that need to be made. Our students’ communities of Koreatown, Highland Park, Downtown LA, Echo Park, and Boyle Heights, document an ever-changing city, one which was unceded by indigenous communities and which has clear borders and barriers to access. In conjunction with Occidental College and OutFront/JC Decaux, their images are embedded within layers of the community and given the space for dialogue and reflection on how the land can define us as a society and the limitations that it has in keeping voices permanently silenced.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided by Cruzita’s Deli & Cafe.