Photographing the Latina/o Experience in Iowa - Social Activism, Research, and Policy
In this Obermann Conversation, local photographer Miriam Alarcon Avila will share her photo documentary project, “Luchadores Immigrants in Iowa,” which gives voice to new Iowans and shares their challenges as immigrants of Latino heritage. This project is the recipient of an Iowa Arts Council grant award and will be on display at Hancher in Fall 2018. She will be joined by Gerta Bardhoshi (Counselor Education, College of Education) and Jeremy Swanston (Art & Art History, CLAS), who will share their Obermann-funded project, "Capturing the Experience of Rural Latinx High School Students through Photovoice and Digital Storytelling." They have worked with students in Muscatine to capture their experience of school.
Together, they will discuss the ways in which photography can serve as a tool for affecting decision makers and public opinion, as well as giving voice to those who are not often heard in mainstream conversations.