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

War Bonnet, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 12/12/09 Photographic Print, 16 x 24 inches

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


¡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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