Collective Isolation in Latin America
Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 through Photography
Photo credit: (Detail of) José Falconi, from “THE SCATTERED SHELTER” series, Los Angeles 2010
The exhibition Documenting the Impact of Covid-19 through Photography: Collective Isolation in Latin America aims to create a critical visual record of our unprecedented times. 2020 will be remembered as a watershed year in which a pandemic laid bare the inequalities and fissures within our society. It has also underscored the importance of living and participating in communities even while experiencing the pandemic in isolation. This exhibition contributes to the documentation of these breathtaking times so they can be remembered by future generations. In addition, through this curated selection of photography from Latin America and the Caribbean, the exhibition seeks to promote a regional perspective of the collective isolation imposed by Covid-19.
The exhibition curated in collaboration with ReVista and the Art, Culture, and Film program at Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) is based on an Open Call for Photography launched in July 2020. A jury of five Harvard-affiliated scholars, curators and artists (*) reviewed all submissions and selected three winning prizes that are presented at the top of our Photo Gallery. The rest of the DRCLAS-selected submissions are listed in alphabetical order. To view titles and larger-size images click on each photograph to access the pop-up gallery view.
June Carolyn Erlick. Editor-in-Chief, ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America
Marcela V. Ramos. Art, Film, and Culture Program Manager for Cambridge and Overseas Offices.
(*) Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums | Pablo Corral Vega, Photojournalist, 2011 Harvard Nieman Fellow | Alfredo Jaar, Artist, Associate at the Harvard GSD Art and the Public Domain Program | João Kulcsar, Photographer, 2002-03 Fulbright Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education | Susan Meiselas, Photographer, 2018-19 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow and 2011 Harvard Art Medal recipient.