Cotidiana USA Book Sign.Discuss @ National Portrait Gallery

Sisters Mariachi, Houston Rodeo, TX (click for full size)

Sisters Mariachi, Houston Rodeo, TX (click for full size) © Susana Raab

Last fall I was contacted by Barcelonan/Brazilian curator Claudi Carerras to paricipate in a project about life for Latinos in the USA commissioned by Spain Arts & Culture, which apparently is an entity unto itself in that fine country, and I am proud to be a small part of this exhibit and book along with photographers:  Carlos Alvárez MonteroSol AramendiKatrina d’AutremontCaléRicardo Cases,Livia CoronaHéctor MataKaren MirandaDulce Pinzón,Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.  Yup, that is pretty cool.

So I do admit my work on Latinos in the USA is a bit, er, slim.  However, Claudi made a delightful edit of my Houston Rodeo work of a few years back, I made during a whirlwind trip to Fotofest in Houston, hung with my lady bobcat and Chronicle photo editor Jill Karnicki and her two adorable Bijons in a craftsman once owned by, and I hope I am not oversharing here, once owned by THE daughter of THE  Bill Witliff, for all you Lonesome Dove et al, black and white art loving photo geeks out there.

Bill Witliff is the man.  I met him at my first photo review in Santa Fe back in the day and he told me I shot from the heart not from the brain.  As a chronic overthinker, I did not appreciate this for what it was till much later, but I did take heart that a man of such obvious intelligence and discernment as Bill Witliff saw something in me that I myself could not.

So because one must photograph and build work in order to have more work to write off during week sojourn in temperate climes I graced myself upon the Houston ro-deo.  It was cool.  My earlier experiences were a teeny bit out west and mostly in Ohio, and you can imagine they are all quite different.  It is not meant, as everything else I seem to consciously do, to be some epic statement of monumental proportions and in this sense, it is perfect for the “quotidian USA” theme.  It does run a bit close to Claudi’s stated desire of not wanting something stereotypical Latino in the USA like quinceaneras or migrant workers (did that too, that was my other latino usa project – will someone help me out here????).  However, my hope is that a few of the photographs are still a-typical.

There are some goings on in Washington related to the event.  Both in the evening.  Hope to see you there.

April 3 at the National Portrait Gallery (Book presentation

April 4 at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain (Exhibition opening) (on view through May 12)

Photo by Ricardo Cases
Visual Arts
Washington, D.C.
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April 4, 2013
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April 4–May 12, 2013
Wed–Fri: 5–8 pm
Sat: 11 am – 8 pm
Sun: 11 am – 6 pm
Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
2801 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
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‘LATINO/US Cotidiano’

A national traveling exhibition and photobook visualizing the U.S. Latino experience today through 12 of the most talented photographic voices working internationally.

SPAIN arts & culture is pleased to present a national traveling exhibition and book, LATINO/US Cotidiano. Literally meaning “everyday life,” Cotidiano is a dynamic look at the rapidly changing nature of the Latino experience in America.

The Hispanic population in the U.S. has reached the 50 million mark, making the Latino community the largest minority in the country for the first time. One out of every six Americans is now of Hispanic origin, an impressive social transformation with enormous political, economic, and cultural consequences. Outdated stereotypes, racial profiles, and past cultural archetypes no longer accurately reflect a nation enriched by a growing and diverse population. But what does it look like today?

To better understand this culturally shifting phenomenon, SPAIN arts & culture commissioned Claudi Carreras, one of the foremost experts on IberoAmerican Latino photography, to research and gather the strongest photographic voices working today on issues of Latino identity. For LATINO/US Cotidiano, Carreras selected established and emerging photographers of Latino descent who embrace the theme and also excel at their craft: Carlos Alvárez Montero, Sol Aramendi, Katrina Marcelle d’Autremont, Calé, Ricardo Cases, Livia Corona, Héctor Mata, Karen Miranda, Dulce Pinzón, Susana Raab, Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.

## Join us also for a book presentation, Q&A and signing on April 3, 2013 at 6 pm at the National Portrait Gallery with Associate Curator of Photographs Frank Goodyear, LATINO/US Cotidiano curator Claudi Carreras, and photographers Ricardo Cases and Susana Raab, moderated by Carlos Tapia, Professor at American University. Books for purchase at the event.