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with contributions from Marisa Bongola, Isabel Mendoza, Romina Palacios, Sophie Utikal

Nepantleras fotografiando. Exploring identities through the camera (pp. 166-179; DOI: 10.23692/iMex.17.11)

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Verena Melgarejo Weinandt

Verena Melgarejo Weinandt studied Fine Arts and Art and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Bellas Artes Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work consists of research, art, curatorial and educational practice. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Graduiertenkolleg Das Wissen der Künste at the University of Arts (UdK) Berlin and artistic director of the project Wissen über Brücken – Conocimiento sobre puentes. Relating to Gloria E. Anzaldúa in Words, Vision and Context in cooperation with the Sonntagsbureau of the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek Berlin and the art space and cultural center District * School Without Center (District * Schule ohne Zentrum) Berlin. In addition to numerous lectures and workshops, she has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the *foundationClass of Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and in the master program Solo/Dance/Authorship at the HZT of the Universität der Künste Berlin.

The photographs shown present the outcome of the workshop Nepantleras fotografiando. Exploring identities through the camera that was held in 2016 as part of the exhibition project A(r)mando Vo(i)ces in the Vienna Central Library. During the workshop, Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s drawings formed a starting point to understand some of her concepts that each participant was invited to connect to through a series of photographs. These outcomes focused on the search for visual representations which would enable a reflection on each participant’s identity in a collective process, connecting the individual position to issues such as body positivity and our bodies as a source of knowledge production, community activities as a political tool, the knowledge of spirituality and plants and the knowledge that comes through experiences of migration.

Las fotos muestran el resultado del taller epantleras fotografiando. Exploring identities through the camera, impartido en 2016 como parte del proyecto de exposición A(r)mando Vo(i)ces en la Biblioteca Central de Viena. Durante el taller, los dibujos de Gloria E. Anzaldúa eran el punto de partida para comprender algunos de sus conceptos, con las cuales se invitó a conectar a cada participante a través de una serie de fotos. Los resultados enfocan la búsqueda por representaciones visuales para estimular una reflexión sobre la identidad de cada participante en un proceso colectivo, conectando la posición individual con asuntos como la positividad corporal, nuestros cuerpos como fuente de producción de conocimiento, actividades de comunidad como herramienta política, el conocimiento de espiritualidad y plantas, y el conocimientos ganado por experiencia de migración.