Opening Reception | Fotos y Recuerdos: Guatemala in Los Ángeles

May 25, 2024 | 6:00pm TO 8:00pm
2024-05-25 18:00:00 2024-05-25 20:00:00 Opening Reception | Fotos y Recuerdos: Guatemala in Los Ángeles <p>Celebrate the opening of&nbsp;<em>Fotos y Recuerdos: Guatemala in Los Ángeles.</em></p> America/Los_Angeles public

Join us for the opening reception of Fotos y Recuerdos: Guatemala in Los Ángeles, presented by Las Fotos Project and OXY ARTS

Fotos y Recuerdos: Guatemala in Los Ángeles explores the importance of community image making and archives. The exhibition features over 100 personal photographs submitted by community members who are part of the Guatemalan diaspora in Los Angeles, the largest community of its kind outside of Guatemala. Alongside the community archive are original photographs, personal family archives and installations by Michelle Montenegro, an LA based Guatemalan American photographer and Las Fotos alumni and mentor. Together these works document diverse stories, touching on themes of migration, historical contexts, community preservation practices, and the power of storytelling.

Presenting varied archival submissions from Guatemalans in LA, the exhibition showcases how family photos and archives allow many communities of color to reclaim often forgotten or destroyed histories and stories that make up their distinct identities. The Guatemalan diaspora in LA does not belong to a monolithic story. However, individual experiences of those making home in LA are undeniably interconnected–each an extension of the other. The collection of photographs, objects, and archives brings feelings of comfort and familiarity to the Guatemalan diaspora in LA, but also reminds us of our power as a collective, in solidarity, despite our individual, sometimes disparate, struggles.

Thank you for your meaningful contributions to this archive: Alba Gabriela Hernández, Ariadne Makridakis Arroyo, Ashley Estrada, Aylin Gonzalez, Bayron Perez, Deanna Barahona, Debbie Miranda, Emely Guevara, Emely Hernandez-Vega, Emijoy Victoria Mejia, Emily Castro, Evelyn Sagastume, Gabriela Alaniz & Violeta Hernandez, Guatemaya L.A. Mujeres en Resistencia (Victor Interiano of Dichos de un bicho), Gustavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez, Jeanette Ponce, Jennifer Cabrera, Jennifer Guzman, Joselin Medina, Josue Monterroso, Julian Montenegro, Karla Alvarado Goldberg, Katherine Monterroso, Kimberly Alvarado, Kiria Fuentes Godinez, Stephen & Paul Charouhas, Luis Lopez, Mara Mark, Maria Belen Rodriguez, Max Christopher Gomez Diaz, Mayán Alvarado Goldberg, Miguel Arroyo, Mileena Sosa, Nuria Gordillo (Familia Gordillo Santizo), Romario Cruz, Socorro Galindo, Sonia & Walter Guevara, Steph Maldonado, Suany Quinonez, Vanessa Tahay, Yenis Gonzalez, and Zully Juarez & Emaly Escobar.

Fotos y Recuerdos: Guatemala in Los Ángeles is generously funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Collage of different family photographs and badges on a blue background