Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement

Virtual Exhibition


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Our Journeys/Our Stories

Welcome to Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement. This virtual exhibition complements a new bilingual photography traveling exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives (SCLI) and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement explores the diversity of the Latino experience in the United States through stories and portraits of men and women who have led extraordinary lives.

Twenty-five portraits depict outstanding Latinos including Nobel laureates, scientists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, politicians, and community activists. Stories of achievement, self-discovery, roots, and traditions are celebrated in 25 narratives taken from interviews recently conducted by SCLI.

An advisory committee from the Latino community selected these stories to convey a broader picture of Latino achievement.

Ricardo Viera, professor of art and director/curator of the Lehigh University Art Galleries, challenged three photographers, Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Héctor Méndez-Caratini, and Luis Mallo, to capture the dignity and character of our subjects.
An introductory essay focusing on Latino achievement and influence in the U.S. was written by Nicolás Kanellos, the University of Houston’s Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Literature and founder of Arte Público Press.

While navigating this online exhibition, visitors will learn about photographic portraiture in an interactive section. In addition, they can hear "first voice" testimonies, engage in educational activities, and learn about Latino history through essays and resources.

The virtual exhibition was developed by SCLI: Melissa Carrillo, Magdalena Mieri, and Henry Estrada. This online exhibition would not have been possible without the assistance of Luis Alfonso-Roselló, Maritza Solano, Guion Johnstone, Maria del Carmen Cossu, Samantha Grauberger, Marc Bretzfelder, and Lionel Fernandez.

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