You Belong Here: Place, People, and Purpose in Latinx Photography celebrates the dynamic photography of Latinx artists across the United States. The exhibition brings together established and emerging artists, who tackle themes of political resistance, family and community, fashion and culture, and the complexity of identity in American life.
Artists in the exhibition contribute to a vast visual archive of the Latinx experience as pluralistic, nuanced, and fluid. They illustrate a range of histories and geographies, contextualize and reinterpret watershed social and artistic movements, stake space for queerness, and articulate the importance of photography within the larger field of Latinx art.
You Belong Here explores contemporary photography that sheds light on social spaces—from intimate portrayals of home and family to collective experiences of the streets and nightlife—as well as the in-betweenness, or nepantla, of transnational, multiracial, and postcolonial identities. It generates an expansive dialogue about visibility and belonging for Latinx people.
The exhibition features works by Laura Aguilar, Genesis Báez, William Camargo, Sofía Córdova, Perla de Leon, Tarrah Krajnak, Hiram Maristany, Joiri Minaya, Steven Molina Contreras, Star Montana, Eddie Quiñones, Reynaldo Rivera, Guadalupe Rosales, Gabriela Ruiz and Bibs Moreno, and John M. Valadez.
Curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, chief curator and deputy director of curatorial and collections at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, You Belong Here, organized by Aperture, originates from Tompkins Rivas’s work as guest editor of “Latinx,” the Winter 2021 issue of Aperture magazine.
Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: You Belong Here Opening Day
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Workshop for Teachers: What’s in a Story?
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 12 - 4 p.m.: ¡Vamos to the Carlos!
Monday, September 18, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: Carlos Reads Signs Preceding the End of the World
Sunday, September 24, 2023, 2 - 4 p.m.: Workshop for Children: Cyanotype Self Portraits
Friday, September 29, 2023, 5 - 7 p.m.: Emory Student Night
Sunday, October 1, 2023, 12 - 3 p.m.: Sunday FUNday: This Moment in Time
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: Pilar Tompkins Rivas Curatorial Talk
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 5:30 p.m.: Workshop for Teachers: Beyond a Monolith
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: Constructing an Image: A Conversation with Atlanta Latinx Photographers
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 2 - 4 p.m.: Workshop for Children: Identity Threads
Monday, October 23, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: Carlos Reads: Making of the Latino South: A History of Racial Formation
Wednesday, October 25, 2023: With Pride: Latinx Photographer Reynaldo Rivera
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 7 p.m: Moving Still: A Night of Dance
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 8 p.m.: Moving Still: A Night of Dance
Sunday, November 19, 2023, 2 - 4 p.m.: Workshop for Children: Building a Home
Monday, November 27, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: Carlos Reads: The Answer/La Respuesta
Sunday, December 3, 2023, 1 - 4 p.m.: Sunday FUNday: Make it Visible
For high-resolution images of works in the exhibition, please contact Emily Knight at email@example.com.
Reynaldo Rivera, Elyse Regehr and Javier Orosco, Downtown LA, 1989, digital print from negative. © Reynaldo Rivera. Courtesy of the artist; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York / Los Angeles; and Aperture.
William Camargo, We Gonna Have to Move Out Soon Fam!, Anaheim, 2019, archival pigment print. © William Camargo. Courtesy of the artist and Aperture.
Guadalupe Rosales, Nicola's, 2022, archival pigment print. © Guadalupe Rosales. Courtesy of the artist; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; and Aperture.