The Getty Center
Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Traditional Indian dance mask adopted by the rebels during the fight against Somoza, Nicaragua / Meiselas
 
In 1981 Susan Meiselas published Nicaragua, June 1978–July 1979, a book featuring color photographs she took as a witness to the revolution against the repressive Somoza dictatorship. In contrast to the presentation of her pictures in the news media, Meiselas was able, through her book, to present a narrative of the revolution as she experienced it.

Ten years after the publication of Nicaragua, Meiselas returned, a copy of the book in hand, to track down the people in her photographs. Her journey is documented in the 1991 film Pictures from a Revolution. Watching the film, we become witness not only to the emotions evoked by memories of political struggle, but also to the personal reflections of diverse Nicaraguans. Some express disillusionment, others anger at the U.S.-supported contras who opposed the revolutionary government, and a number reminisce about the passage of time.

Following a screening of Pictures from a Revolution, Meiselas joins Alma Guillermoprieto to reflect on the stories told by the film and the developments in Nicaragua in the almost 20 years since it was made.

Alma Guillermoprieto has written extensively about Latin America in the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and many other publications. She is the author of several books, including Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America (2002) and The Heart That Bleeds: Latin America Now (1995).

This presentation complements the exhibition Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties, which features many of Meiselas's images from her Nicaragua series.


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