This webinar, sponsored by SIETAR USA on December 5, 2019, examines the complex narrative and symbols of Hispano and Native-American communities in the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico. Using photography, the performance and symbols in each community are studied as they use the rituals to create a fidelity to culture and community. In addition, the discussion also examines New Mexico’s tri-cultural myth (Anglo, Hispano, and Native-American), which is currently under reexamination since the New Mexico House and Senate passed a memorial bill in 2010 recognizing Genizarios as an historical cultural classification.
About the Presenter
As a photojournalist, Miguel Gandert considers himself an Indo-Hispano and has spent the last twenty years documenting this culture; he often photographs people on the fringes of society, including cholos, bikers, lowriders, boxers, teen-age mothers, and Mexican immigrants. Gandert’s publication, Nuevo Mexico Profundo (2000), documents the Rio Grande corridor from northern New Mexico to the Mexican border and includes the annual pilgrimages to Chimayó, New Mexico and historical Matachines dances. Many say that Gandert’s close collaborations in the lens free his subjects to narrate their own story, and reveal their lives on their own terms. Gandert’s numerous national and international exhibitions include shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico and a well-known interculturalist.
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