Through the Lens
San Antonians see everyday struggles and celebrations in Latinx photography exhibit
Time is running out to see "From SA to SA: An Exhibition of Pan-American Documentary Photography," which ends its public run at Centro de Artes Gallery on December 30, 2023.
Curated by Guillermina Zabala, this free exhibition is an engaging compilation of significant works from 20 Latinx documentary photographers living in South, Central, and North America.
"Throughout Latin America and the Latinx community in the U.S., documentary photographers chronicle historical and relevant events, intimate portraiture, and everyday life while capturing the socioeconomic and cultural struggles faced by minorities and marginalized populations," says Zabala. "The subjects, places, and situations portrayed on these prints are vivid, present, and emerge from social challenges revealing a series of thematic paradigms that range from immigrant stories and the effects of the COVID pandemic, to the fight for women’s rights, social unrest, and indigenous realities."
The exhibition features work by Rodrigo Abd, Sara Aliaga, Eliana Aponte, Guillermo Arias, María Paula Avila, Verónica Gabriela Cárdenas, María Eugenia Cerutti, Francisco Cortés, Ana Carolina Fernandes, Mariana Greif, Sáshenka Gutiérrez Valerio, Adeline Lulo, Tamara Merino, Sandro Pereyra, Natacha Pisarenko, Joseph Rodriguez, Jorge Saenz, Claudio Santana, Yvonne Venegas, and Martín Zabala.
"In an era where almost everything is shared via screens, 'From SA to SA' encourages the visitor to pause and appreciate a tangible set of images presented in front of them," Zabala continues. "Captured by award-winning photographers who, in many cases, risk their lives to document their realities, these photographs carry those fleeting moments in history that otherwise will go unnoticed.”
Centro de Artes is free to visit and open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:30 am-5 pm, plus Saturdays and Sundays from noon- 5 pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and city holidays.
Located in Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes is dedicated to telling the transnational story of the Latino experience in the U.S. with a focus on San Antonio and South Texas through local and regional art, history, and culture.
For more information, visit sanantonio.gov/arts and follow on social at @getcreativesa, #CentrodeArtesSA, and #FromSAtoSA.