A free photography exhibit illustrating the dangers facing freelance Mexican photojournalists will be mounted at Cuyamaca College on May 5 and will remain on display until early June.
A Photo for Freedom offers a rare window into life in the impoverished state of Guerrero and includes contemporary works such as “Velos de Sangre” in which women gather at a funeral service held for nine local musicians killed by drug gangs after being caught in the crossfire of territorial battles.
The exhibition also includes the work of 2022 World Press Photo Contest winning photojournalist Yael Martínez.
ESL instructor Manuel Mancillas-Gomez, who worked with curator and freelance journalist Marlén Castro to develop the photography exhibit, said she was worried about Guerrero-based journalists “very, very dangerous” and hopes the exhibit will attract people from across the south. California.
Photos in the exhibit represent the roots of people who left Guerrero, Castro said, and show the close connection to Los Angeles and Southern California through displacement and migration.
Castro will kick off the month-long exhibit with an online presentation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 5 on the dangers facing journalists in Mexico.
The introductory presentation will be streamed live on YouTube and will also be available at https://bitly/AmapolaCuyamaca with more information on the dangers journalists in Mexico face every day as they cover issues such as the femicide, the environment, teachers’ rights, and the ongoing war between drug gangs.
Photojournalists from Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico have donated their work to the Amapola website to raise funds through the sale of photographs to the general public.
“It’s very important to stay independent, and that’s one way that can help us keep going,” Castro said of the Amapola site, named after the poppy that supports farmers in Guerrero but also fuels violent gangs. drug.
Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. Visit https://tinyurl.com/49tvk6ks for a campus map showing the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center.