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KANITLOW

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Featuring: Luvia Lazo

Curated by: Indigenous Photograph

Presented by:

  • Indigenous Photograph
  • Photoville
  • Leica Camera
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In Zapotec communities, it is difficult for a woman to use her voice to tell her story, or to share her thoughts. My grandfather, Domingo, encouraged my voice. After he passed last year, I started to pay attention to elders in my community. I study their hands, expressions, movements — the way they talk, how they hold a cup, or how they wear the hats on their heads. I began photographing grandparents in my village as a way to find memories of my own grandfather in these elders, while at the same time preserving and documenting our culture while it’s transforming.

There is a word in Zapotec used to name someone or something disappearing — when a close friend is not close anymore, when someone stops visiting as often as they do, when things transform and change, or when someone is going blind. This word, kanitlow, means “faces are getting lost,” or “disappearing.”

I want to document the memories of our culture and images of our grandparents. When they are gone their grandchildren can look for them, as I look for my grandfather in old pictures now. This work will be a place where my community can find their grandparents in photographs — where they can not only read time, context, and body language, but also see our culture reflected in the images.

En las comunidades zapotecas es verdaderamente duro como mujer tener y usar tu voz, contar tus historias o compartir tus pensamientos, Domingo, mi abuelo, siempre me animaba a hacerlo. Hace ya un año, lo perdí, después de esta perdida comencé a prestar mucha atención a los adultos mayores, me gusta mirar sus manos, sus expresiones, los movimientos, la manera en que caminan y como sostienen las tazas de chocolate al beber, incluso la forma en como se acomodan el sombrero en la cabeza. Comencé a fotografiar a abuelos y abuelas en mi pueblo, como una forma de encontrar reminiscencias de de mi abuelo en esas personas pero al mismo tiempo es una manera de preservar y documentar mi cultural mientras se transforma.

Existe una palabra en zapoteco que usamos para nombrar algo o alguien que empieza a desaparecer, cuando un amigo cercano deja de ser tan cercano, cuando alguien deja de visitarnos de manera frecuente, cuando las cosas se transforman o cuando alguien empieza a perder la visión, kanitlow, que podría traducirse literalmente como los rostros se pierden.

Quiero seguir guardado recuerdos de mi cultura, y también imágenes de otros abuelos y abuelas, así cuando ellos no estén mas fisicamente y sus nietos los busquen como yo busco ahora a mi abuelo en viejas fotografía, ellos y ellas puedan encontrarlos en fotografías, que puedan leer el tiempo, el contexto y sus cuerpos, pero también la forma en que nuestra cultura existió.

Artist Bios

  • Luvia Lazo

    Luvia Lazo is a Zapotec photographer from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photography is her way of portraying the worlds to which she belongs. Her work aims to capture reality from the perspective of the contemporary Zapotec woman — creating a constellation of images through time and spaces in Oaxaca, documenting the generational gaps and the transformation of identities across ages. She is a recipient of the Jóvenes Creadores grant of the FONCA 2020 (National Fund for the Culture of the Arts, Mexico) and a 2021 grantee of Indigenous Photograph, supported by Photoville and Leica.

    Luvia Lazo es una fotografa zapoteca de Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. La fotografía es su forma de retratar los mundos a los que pertenece. Su trabajo busca capturar y compartir la realidad desde la perspectiva de la mujer contemporánea, creando una constelación de imágenes a través del tiempo y espacio en Oaxaca, documentando las brechas generacionales y la transformación de la identidad a través del tiempo. Beneficiaría del programa de Jóvenes Creadores por el FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) en México y ganadora del premio inaugural Indigenous Photograph 2021 por photoville y Leica.

Organizations

  • Indigenous Photograph

    Indigenous Photograph

    Indigenous Photograph is a space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and bring balance to the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces. Their mission is to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities, and to reflect on how we tell these stories.

    Indigenous Photograph’s global database is available to photo editors, creative directors, and those who routinely hire photographers. The electronic database of their members includes detailed information regarding geographical areas of expertise, languages spoken, and contact information.

  • Photoville

    Photoville

    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com

  • Leica Camera

    Leica Camera

    Ignite your passion for photography with Leica Camera at Photoville

    Discover the allure of Leica photography at Photoville through curated photowalks complemented by a Leica on Loan program. From action photography to environmental portraiture, you’ll experience Leica photography and guidance by acclaimed Leica photographers. 

    Leica Camera is founded on a tradition of optical excellence and a conscious focus on the essentials of exquisite image making. For over a century, the brand has motivated visual storytelling through the quintessential union of craftsmanship, design and experience, providing essential tools that influence the art, culture and creation of photography. Photoville attendees can see this firsthand at the Leica Pavilion, which will showcase a one-of-a-kind photographic experience through a variety of interactive Leica activities designed to ignite your passion for photography.

    https://leicacamerausa.com/

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