There are so many layers to this image. The colors are brilliant. The use of texture and shadow highlight the expression on this most haunting face. Layer upon layer in this beautiful photo.
There is also a layer of history that is shared the photo. The stones that are set in mortar tell something of the technology brought by Europeans to the area that became known as the Americas. Her clothes reflect two different textile traditions and hundreds of years of interaction.
This picture reflects the heritage of a third of the city of Pasadena and a part of the history of the Southwest region of the United States. Many of us learned about this as the great conflict between Español and Aztec.
But After Contact is very different from After Conquest. To paraphrase journalist Rubén Martínez , it's time to look a the deeper consequences of the interaction. To look at what both "worlds" were, how each changed each other, and "what it means today to live in both of them at the same time".
Following the screening there will be a conversation with co-writer and narrator Rubén Martínez and KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzmán-López.
Latino Heritage and KPCC, in partnership with Cherry Blossom Festival, the NAACP Pasadena and Altadena branches, and the YWCA Pasadena-Foothills Valley, are proud to present a screening of "When Worlds Collide: The Untold Story of the Americas After Columbus"on Friday, January 21st. Door open @ 6:30, Screening begins @ 7:00, and post-screening conversation @ 8:30.
Please join us in an exploration that will be images and words that may cause your ideas of heritage and history of Latino to realign.
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
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626 583 5215
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Image from "When Worlds Collide" website