This winter, Aperture magazine presents an issue that celebrates the dynamic visions of Latinx photography across the United States. Guest edited by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, chief curator at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, “Latinx” spans a century of image making, connecting historical and contemporary photography, and covering the themes of political resistance, family and community, fashion and culture, and the complexity of identity in American life.
In “Latinx,” Carribean Fragoza traces Laura Aguilar’s influence on queer artmaking. Joiri Minaya remixes postcards from the Dominican Republic to unveil the fantasy of tourism. Christina Catherine Martinez profiles Reynaldo Rivera, who chronicled 1990s-era Los Angeles nightlife. Yxta Maya Murry considers three Latina curators and writers influencing how photography canons are made today.
“Collectively, their images cast a greater net for the multiple ways of seeing Latinx people,” Tompkins Rivas notes of the issue’s photographers, “creating a visual archive whose edges are yet to be defined.”
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 136
Publication date: 2021-12-07
Measurements: 9.25 x 12 x 0.6 inches
Significant support of Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation, by Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović, and by Thomas and Susan Dunn. Lead support for the “Latinx” issue of Aperture magazine is provided by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation. Further generous support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Aperture Foundation’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Table Of Contents
Samuel Fosso, Songs of the Sky, Stephanie Syjuco, Greater New York
Brian Sholis on diversity in photography collections, from New Orleans to Toronto
Declan Long on Gilles Peress’s two-thousand-page photobook about Northern Ireland
Tina Campt on Garrett Bradley, Moonlight, and the dance styles of Storyboard P
Guest Editor’s Note: You Belong Here
What can photographs tell us about Latinx culture in the United States?
Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Always in Resistance
Ken Gonzales-Day on archives that push back against historical erasure
A Conversation with Jesse Alemán
The Latina curators and writers revising the photography canon
Yxta Maya Murray
Images and activism, from New York to Los Angeles
A Picture of an Artist at Work
The 1970s-era Conceptual artists who demanded visibility
Glitter for the Fire
How Reynaldo Rivera chronicled the chaotic glamour of LA nightlife
Christina Catherine Martinez
The River Remembers Laura Aguilar
The artists creating a queer lineage
The Revolution Will Be . . .
Sofía Córdova summons dance and collective action
From Louis Carlos Bernal, documents of Mexican American lives
Gregory Bojorquez and the Latinx subcultures of punks and skaters
Joseph Daniel Valencia
Steven Molina Contreras’s portraits between the U.S. and El Salvador
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Vincent Ramos excavates identity in popular culture
The Lives of Gabriela Ruiz
Bibs Moreno’s collaborations with the muse and performance artist
Found in Translation
Marton Robinson considers the languages of Black Latinx history
1979: Contact Negatives
Tarrah Krajnak’s spectral encounters between the body and the city
Joiri Minaya’s collages unveil the fantasy of tourism
Bridge of Mirrors
Genesis Báez’s visions of the Puerto Rican diaspora
Nadiah Rivera Fellah
Six questions for Cheech Marin