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ERIC Number: EJ897409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Y Se Repite = And It Repeats Itself
Katzew, Adriana
Art Education, v63 n5 p56-59 Sep 2010
In this article, the author discusses Y Se Repite [And It Repeats Itself], a project she conceptualized due to the growing number of Latino/a Mexican migrant workers in dairy farms in the state of Vermont. In 2006, approximately 2,000 Latinos/as--most of them undocumented Mexican migrant workers--worked throughout the state's dairy farms, yet remained invisible to most Vermonters, who did not cross paths with them. The author conceived this photography project to explore the lives of Mexican migrant workers in this state of isolation. She initially considered photographing the Mexican dairy workers in Vermont, but doing so became out of the question: photographs that would identify them would put them in danger of deportation due to their undocumented status. Instead, in this project the author merges images from the Library of Congress with images of milk bottles from Vermont's dairy farms. The glass bottles themselves are both relics of the past and, more recently, trendy packaging for locally produced gourmet milk. The resulting montages blur past and present, as the ghosts of the past are reflected in the present conditions of Mexican migrant workers in Vermont. Through this project the author hopes to honor the Mexican migrant workers from the past and the present, and create images that capture an important, yet often voiceless and faceless, segment of the United States workforce. Through her artwork she fights the sense of historical and present isolation in which they, as people of Mexican descent, often find themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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