The Other Side of Memory: Luis C. Garza is an exhibition of 66 black-and-white silver gelatin prints drawn from the extensive, largely unpublished archive of this Chicano photographer’s work in Los Angeles, New York, and Hungary.
Some photographic images cannot be forgotten. They become iconic to an age, a place, or both. For this exhibition and its companion publication, the organization of Garza’s images is not arranged according to place or chronology — the most obvious ways of presenting documentary photography. Rather, curator Armando Durón seeks to subvert the usual distinction between documentation and art that form the two main branches of photography, allowing viewers instead to construct a narrative of their own. Images are paired or joined, not in an attempt to be glib, but to encourage the viewer to form new images from the combination witnessed. The works in the exhibition were also selected for their ability to evoke memory. Durón suggests there is at least one other other side of memory—the road not traveled.
Until now, Garza’s images have rarely been exhibited to the public. His work documented his East Los Angeles community during the early 1970s, his South Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s, and his 1971 travels to Budapest, Hungary for the World Peace Conference where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The Other Side of Memory: Luis C. Garza expands on an earlier exhibition of Garza’s work, Time Refocused: Photographs by Luis C. Garza, which was also curated by Durón. Both are now on national tour through CauseConnect: Art That Matters. For booking information, contact Melissa Richardson Banks via email or call (213) 537-4483.
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Book Title: THE OTHER SIDE OF MEMORY: Luis C. Garza
Specifications: 66 black-and-white images plus essays by photographer Luis C. Garza and curator Armando Durón
Soft Cover (perfect bound): 100 pages
Retail Cost: $50 (does not include Media Mail shipping in 48 contiguous United States or international shipping)
Designer: Eva Crawford
Publication Date: 2022
Product Dimensions: 9″ wide x 12″ high x 0.25″ deep
Shipping Weight: 14 ounces
Edition: 1st edition (only 1,000 copies printed)