ALBUQUERQUE ― A new exhibit, “People-Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements,” features photo portraits and first-person stories of everyday New Mexicans and their experiences participating in social movements.
Curated by Humans of New Mexico, the exhibit will open 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6, in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s (NHCC) historic, adobe History & Literary Arts Building (1927) on the northeast side of campus and runs through Oct. 19.
Humans of New Mexico is a not-for-profit project, which highlights individuals in the state and shows the diversity of the population. It is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and offer a platform to voice everyday practices of resistance to societal pressures. The NHCC History and Literary Arts Program (under new Director, Valerie Martínez) is launching a range of new programs that celebrate the history and literature of the Latinx/Hispanic community locally, nationally and internationally. Programming related to the exhibit will run through October and feature a range of activities, presentations and events.
“People-Powered” captures snippets of people and communities that have been here for generations as well as new populations contributing to our state. Agency through testimonio is at the heart of this particular exhibit. It recognizes a strong activist tradition in New Mexico and encourages visitors to focus on everyday people, rather than appointed officials or identified and titled leaders.
Humans of New Mexico strives to privilege oral and language traditions by incorporating each storyteller’s native language(s) as much as possible. It has featured stories and photos of a wide range of New Mexicans including Estefanía Ortiz, Jake Forman, Lynette Haozous, Leona Menard, Eileen Quintana and Raven Bright.
This exhibition is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays and 1-5 p.m., the first and third Saturdays of the month.