The matter of photography in the Americas

Brizuela, Natalia author

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  • Latin American and Latino artists have used photography to engage with modern media landscapes and critique globalized economies since the 1960s. But rarely are these artists considered leaders in discussions about the theory and scholarship of photography or included in conversations about the radical transformations of photography in the digital era. 'The Matter of Photography in the Americas' presents the work of more than eighty artists working in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Latino communities in the United States who all have played key roles in transforming the medium and critiquing its uses. Artists like Alfredo Jaar, Oscar Munoz, Ana Mendieta, and Teresa Margolles highlight photography's ability to move beyond the impulse simply to document the world at large. Instead, their work questions the relationship between representation and visibility. With nearly 200 full-color images, this book brings together drawings, prints, installations, photocopies, and three-dimensional objects in an investigation and critique of the development and artistic function of photography. Essays on key works and artists shed new light on the ways photographs are made and consumed. Pressing at the boundaries of what defines culturally specific, photography-centric artwork, this book looks at how artists from across the Americas work with and through photography as a critical tool.00Exhibition: Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, USA (07.02. - 30.04.2018).


  • "This publication accompanies the exhibition The matter of photography in the Americas, organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, on view from February 7 to April 30, 2018"--Title page verso.
  • Includes works by artists from Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 220-228)


  • Introduction / Natalia Brizuela and Jodi Roberts -- What's the matter with photography? / Natalia Brizuela -- News / Jodi Roberts -- Beatriz González: surface matters / María Fernanda Domínguez -- Ethnography / Jodi Roberts -- Sylvan thinking: redrawing the Amazon / Kyle Stephan -- Discipline / Jodi Roberts -- Original copies and obscure traces: Ángela Bonadies's metaphotographic inquiries / Lisa Blackmore -- Imprints / Jodi Roberts -- Tracing disfiguration: Teresa Margolles's Papeles / Diana Ruiz -- Performance / Jodi Roberts -- As darkroom is to light box, Lourdes Grobet's Hora y media is to Ingrid Hernández's La maquila golondrina / Amy Sara Carroll -- Copies / Jodi Roberts -- Sobras of Geraldo de Barros: a project in process / Heloisa Espada -- Data / Jodi Roberts -- Waldemar Cordeiro and the "algorithmic infrastructure of an image" / Rachel Price -- Joiri Minaya: of undoing images / Tatiane Santa Rosa -- Erasure / Jodi Roberts -- Remembering through the body: Rosângela Rennó's Imemorial / Marianela D'Aprile -- Matter / Jodi Roberts -- Writing--or coding--light: Leo Villareal's protophotography / Natalia Brizuela
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