Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/rss.php en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas IMMIGRANT LABORERS - Lupita Murillo Tinnen http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417812?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417812?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Jun 26 - Friday, Jul 24 Location: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery.

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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Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! Documenting Guadalupan Devotion Along the U.S.-Mexico Border - Lilly Albritton http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417788?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220417788?WT.mc_id=CalendarRSS Friday, Jun 26 - Friday, Jul 24 Location: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery.

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

 

¡Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! Documenting Guadalupan Devotion Along the U.S.-Mexico Border by Lilly Albritton

The Virgin of Guadalupe, Goddess of the Americas, has endured as a religious and national symbol in Mexico and the United States since her first apparition in 1531, and her cult has grown and evolved over the centuries to include devotees of all ages, races and classes. Some of the most striking examples of public devotion to Guadalupe come in the form of pilgrimages, processions and fiestas with ceremonial dances carried out around her feast day of December 12. These vibrant celebrations are important both spiritually and culturally to the communities that enact them and serve as a way for devotees to make their heartfelt devotion visible.

In ¡Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! Lilly Albritton photographically documents this devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe across the Southwestern United States. Over the course of nearly a decade, Albritton has attended pilgrimages, processions, and fiestas in honor of Our Lady to document devotional rites in eight different cities: Mexico City, Mexico; San Antonio, Texas; Dallas, Texas; El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California. In her photographs, a combination of black & white and color, digital and film, Albritton challenges viewers to rethink their assumptions about religious devotion, Hispanic culture, and the idea of community with connections that span centuries, cultures, and continents. But beyond these goals, she also sets out to deliver a visual document capable of conveying this cultural experience through her own vision.

She states, “I consider notions of temporality, spontaneity, cultural memory, and the sensual and aesthetic experience of ritual. Through my own visual interpretations of these events, I seek to prompt viewers to explore these concepts as both newcomers to this cultural practice and veteran practitioners.”

 

BIO:  Lilly Albritton

Lilly Albritton is a photographer, scholar and curator from Dallas, Texas. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she holds a BA in Art History with departmental distinction and an MA in Art History with honors, both from Southern Methodist University. She earned her PhD in Humanities- Aesthetic Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas. Albritton’s work has been exhibited at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 500X Gallery, The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, The Latino Cultural Center, and The University of Texas at Dallas. She has curated photography exhibitions at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary and The Latino Cultural Center. She has worked as studio manager for photographer Laura Wilson since 2005. Albritton currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two children.

 

 

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