Show and Tell: 'PandemiDiarios on the Border'
Scholars and artists from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands discuss their creative interdisciplinary projects that interpret and express the unique intersection of the global COVID-19 pandemic and border life.
About the moderator: Priscilla "Nefftys" Rodriguez is a Nogales-born multidisciplinary artist. For the last 13 years, she's been making hip-hop music as a rapper, producer and sound engineer. After living and working in Prague and Mexico City, Rodriguez returned to the local art community in Nogales.
About the presenters:
JD Aragon is an Indigenous Hopi spirit artist, middle school teacher, YouTube creator, musician and advocate living with albinism. As a teacher on the Tohono O'odham reservation, he observed firsthand the effects of the pandemic when so many systems of support, from seasonal ceremony to child- and elder-care systems, came to a halt. In this project, Aragon uses photographs, video and audio interviews to produce a video communicating the stories of O'odham reservation residents during the pandemic.
Jhonatan Henao-Muñoz is a graduate student at University of Arizona, in French linguistics and second language learning and teaching. His experience and training in digital humanities inspired the idea to use the podcast medium to create space for diverse underrepresented voices, and to connect different voices with similar experiences. His Podcasteando project will be a set of five episodes, which illustrate diverse realities during the pandemic in the borderlands.
Monica Martínez-Díaz is a visual artist born and raised in the US-Mexico borderlands, who uses photography, video and installation to create conceptually based work focused on the normalization of violence in Northern Mexican society. This photobook project uses a series of images to narrate the artist’s experience at her own home and at family member's homes in the respective border towns of Ciudad Juarez, El Paso and Nogales.
This event is hosted by Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.