IMMIGRANT LABORERS - Lupita Murillo Tinnen

Luis, Construction Sub-Contractor, arrived at age 26, Costa Rica. 40” x 30”, Digital Inkjet Print, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Friday, July 24, 2015,
Venue: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Reception:  FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tinnen’s Immigrant Laborers documents Latin American immigrant workers living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In contrast to historical social documentary photographers, such as Jacob A. Riis and Lewis Wickes Hine, whose one-sided work tended to reinforce a stereotype of the immigrant and working-class laborer, Tinnen’s work provides images in which her subjects recognize themselves, as they want to be presented. Tinnen states: “The photographs serve as a documentary record of the many hardworking immigrant laborers who usually are relegated to the status of ‘non-belonging other’ and not as an equal. Instead of marginalizing the laborer by depicting them in their work environment, or in a uniform, they are dressed in their best attire and collaborate in the decisions regarding their portrayal.” By combining text, graphics, and images with the portraits of the laborers, Tinnen’s work challenges long-held documentary conventions, which include stark, simple, non-manipulated images. In contrast, Tinnen creates narratives, which empower the viewer to discover additional information about the individuals portrayed.

 

BIO:

Lupita Murillo Tinnen is currently a Professor of Photography and Humanities at Collin College and the faculty advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council #4780. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas and a BA in photography from Texas A&M Commerce. Tinnen serves on the National Board of Directors and is the treasurer for the Society for Photographic Education. As a practicing artist, her work deals primarily with cultural and personal issues stemming from her background as a first generation Mexican American. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US.

 

 



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