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Join Deanna Ledezma for a presentation entitled Family Photography Expanded: Kinship, Communities, Belonging

  • Date:4/30/2023 03:00 PM - 4/30/2023 05:00 PM
  • Location 2233 South Throop Street, Chicago, IL, USA (Map)
  • More Info:Mana Contemporary, Fifth floor


Although family photography is often thought of as a “universal” practice, Deanna Ledezma’s talk is an invitation to reframe how we conceptualize family photography and its relationship to the formation of individual and collective identities. In “Family Photography Expanded: Kinship, Communities, Belonging,” she will discuss the historical and social significance of family photography for Black and Latinx people living in the United States. This presentation will demonstrate how the making, sharing, and circulation of photographs that visualize kinship have distinct personal and political stakes for people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, diasporic subjects, and residents threatened by displacement. Historical and present-day examples will include BIPOC scholars, writers, organizers of archives, and contemporary artists.

Deanna Ledezma (PhD, Art History, University of Illinois Chicago) is a scholar, writer, and educator specializing in the history and theory of photography and Latinx art and visual culture. She is the Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research/UIC Mellon Program (2022–24). She is also a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches in the Departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Liberal Arts.