This workshop brings together research and photographic documentation on remittance landscapes and architecture in Mexico and El Salvador to explore the material history of remittances. During the workshop, artist Walterio Iraheta will present his work, Faraway Brother Style, a photography project on remittance landscapes in El Salvador that focuses on the eclectic and innovative “emigrant architectural style.” Iraheta's method and work will be coupled with architectural and urban historian Sarah Lopez’s presentation of her book The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA. Lopez uses ethnographic methods to examine how migration is changing rural places in both Mexico and Chicago, one of America’s most important migrant cities. Remittance landscapes are a material crystallization of migrants’ life stories and the macro political, social, economic, and historical forces that shape migration today. Lopez and Iraheta will also present new photographic work on migration and “departure” in the context of Austin.
BENSON LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
Sid Richardson Hall (SRH 1.208)