The Women of Color Archive (WOCArchive) is an intergenerational project preserving the visual and aural stories of our matriarchs of color. Founded in 2016 by Wendy Barrales, with a single interview of her abuelita Aída’s life in rural Veracruz, the archive has grown into a digital platform that houses multiple projects created by former students and community members of all ages. Projects from the spring of 2018 and 2019, many of which are showcased in this year’s Photoville Festival, are final projects that were created in a high school ethnic studies course and were archived at Weeksville Heritage Center.
Since then, WOCArchive continues to host intergenerational workshops to continue preserving the stories of all of our grandmothers and matriarchs to ensure these experiences are passed onto future generations.
We are a growing project and we welcome art and oral history submissions from our community. For more info, please check out the highlights on our Instagram page: www.instagram.com/wocarchive