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 exhibition will run public from April 4 through May 12, 2013 at the former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Washington, D.C.
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 Outdated stereotypes, racial profiles, and past cultural archetypes no longer accurately reflect a nation enriched by a growing and diverse population.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. According to Carreras,
although many artists work on Latino issues, we wanted to focus on artists that challenge the identity of the Latino community in the States.
For LATINO/US Cotidiano, Carreras selected established and emerging photographers of Latino descent who embrace the theme and also excel at their craft. The exhibition and photobook includes noted artists 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.
Presentation, Q&A and book 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 photographer Ricardo Cases, moderated by Carlos Tapia, Professor at American University.
Curated by Claudi Carreras. Exhibition produced and presented by SPAIN arts & culture in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Photobook published by Editorial RM (Spain). Photo by Ricardo Cases.