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Our Curated Scene: DIY Publishing, Zines, & Archives

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DIY publishing has created an outgrowth of Latinx cultural production questioning the invisibility of Latinx creators. The zine fair as independent publishing platform has created new microeconomies for artists, while also providing space for the distribution of emerging artists, writers, and makers. What does this say about the lack of Latinx perspectives in media, art and publishing worlds? Are creating DIY spaces enough to counter the invisibility of Latinx creators in media, literature and art institutions? What can we learn from these writers, artists, curators and book makers about the importance of independent publishing and the archives that have naturally grown from this work? Artist and founder of PreCog Mag Florencia Escudero, Smithsonian curatorial assistant and Puro Chingon Collective cofounder Claudia Zapata, and Luz Magdaleno of Brown n Proud Press will be in conversation. Professor Mireya Loza will moderate.

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Florencia Escudero was born in Singapore in 1987 and grew up in Mendoza, Argentina. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Escudero received an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 2012 and a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2010. Her works have been exhibited at Instituto Cervantes, New York, NY, The Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, NY, Selena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and Etta Project Space, Seoul, Korea, among other venues. She was a 2016 year-long Artist in Residence at the Loisaida Center, New York, NY, and has also completed residencies at Art Farm, Marquette, NE, and Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA. Works by Escudero have been discussed in Editorial Magazine, Aether Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, and The American Reader. She is an editor and founder of Precog Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @floescu

Claudia Zapata is a doctoral candidate in Southern Methodist University’s RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture: Ph.D. Program in Art History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Texas in Art History, specializing in Classic Maya art. Her research interests include curatorial methodologies of identity-based exhibitions, Chicanx and Latinx art, digital humanities, people of color zines, and designer toys. From 2010 to 2014, she served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Zapata has curated over 30 exhibitions at the Mexic-Arte Museum and other Texas institutions, including A Viva Voz: Carmen Lomas Garza (2010), Sam Coronado: A Retrospective (2011), Death to Dollars: The Commercialization of Day of the Dead (2011), and Fantastic & Grotesque: José Clemente Orozco in Print (2014). Her recent projects include co-founding the Latinx art collective, Puro Chingón Collective in 2012. Within this experimental arts group, she develops art zines, prints, apparel, design, and art toys. Claudia has published articles in Panhandle-Plains Historical Review, Jollas: Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, and the Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing her dissertation project, “Chicano Art is Not Dead: Politics on Display within Major U.S. Exhibitions.” From 2018-2019, Claudia is the Latino art curatorial assistant at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in support of the exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965-Now.

Luz Magdaleno Flores is a Queer Chicana storyteller, layout editor, content creator, and photographer. Born and raised in Oxnard, CA, she has been living and organizing in Chicago, IL for the past six years. She has a BA in Journalism and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University, has self published La Pera Chapbook and Bajito & Suavecito Foto Zine, is co-founder of SERIO? Zine, has been published through Reverb LP, Chicago's South Side Weekly, Canada's Broken Pencil Magazine, Xicanation.com, and her photography has been displayed in San Francisco's Galeria de la Raza and NYC 7th Annual Zine and Self Published Photo Book Fair. As a layout designer, Luz has created Love Notes from the Kitchen for Necia Media Collective, From My Lips Chapbook by Lupita Carrasquillo, Sana Sana by Marisol Ceron, and has contributed and designed On Struggling Queerness Anthology, Secretos: From One Hoe to Another, On Struggling Relationships Anthology, Home Anthology, and Cuentos de Gringolandia: Stories From the Other Side in collaboration with Brown and Proud Press and Xicx Zine Collective. Current projects include co-hosting Radio Luzifer, a bilingual horror podcast, working as a domestic violence resource advocate, and organizing as lead editor for Brown and Proud Press. Follow her on Instagram @lightofyourvida

Mireya Loza is an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Her areas of research include Latinx History, Social Movements, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU she was a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latinx Studies and the Department of History at the University of Illinois. Follow her on Twitter @mireyalozaphd

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