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On Latinx photography, invisibility, and counter-actions

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Featured Image: Louis Carlos Bernal, Albert y Lynn Morales, 1978

Join us for a Virtual Presentation & Discussion with Curator and Writer Elizabeth Ferrer

On Latinx photography, invisibility, and counter-actions

Wednesday, February 9th at 6PM


Elizabeth Ferrer is author of Latinx Photography in the United States, the first comprehensive study of this field. It is meant to act as a parallel history, one that addresses the gaps and exclusions in the broader history of American photography. The book profiles some 80 photographers from the 19th century until the present day, based in many parts of the United States, and working with diverse approaches to the photographic medium.  In this talk, Ferrer will present a handful of the historic photographers profiled in the book to focus on the kinds of efforts and strategies that have been taken — that have been necessary — to preserve their legacies. She will discuss recent efforts on the part of activist artists, scholars, and curators, to push against mainstream art discourses, give visibility to marginalized artists, and to inscribe them into broader histories.


Elizabeth Ferrer is Chief Curator at BRIC, a multidisciplinary arts organization in Brooklyn, as well as a scholar of Latinx and Mexican photography. Ferrer is author of Lola Álvarez Bravo (Aperture, NY), named a New York Times notable book of the year, as well as of numerous exhibition catalogues published in the US and Mexico. Most recently, she authored Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History, published by the University of Washington Press in 2021.

Ferrer has curated major exhibitions for such institutions as the Smithsonian Institution, Notre Dame University, El Museo del Barrio, the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, and the Americas Society in New York, where she was Gallery Director for several years. She is currently working on an exhibition and book with the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, on Louis Carlos Bernal, a pioneering Chicano photographer. Ferrer, who studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University, is from Los Angeles and is based in Brooklyn.


February 9
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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