MOVING IDENTITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA ORDAZ

Andrea Ordaz is a freelance dance artist, choreographer, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She began her professional dance training at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and received a BFA in Performance & Choreography and an MFA in Dance from from the University of California, Irvine. In her thesis, Mexican-American Female Identity in Choreographic Process, Ordaz explores the ways in which her bicultural identity and femininity manifest in her choreographic work. As the founder and director of A. Ordaz Dance, 一a collaborative space dedicated to making…

Above and Under the Surface: An Interview with Conservator Rosina Herrera

“A picture is worth a thousand words” takes a special meaning when your work is identifying the secrets behind the images produced since the discovery of pre-photographic methods of capturing light on sensitive surfaces. To explain how a photo conservator approaches, determines and preserves the stories that a picture can hide above and under the surface we interviewed Rosina Herrera. She is a Spanish photo conservator with training from institutions that steward some of the world’s most important and oldest photo archives, including the George Eastman Museum (GEM) in Rochester,…

Where there was fire: Alexia Miranda

Alexia Miranda and I belong to a generation marked by social and telluric movements. Both of us survived the devastating consequences of the earthquakes that affected Mexico City in 1985 and San Salvador in 1986. We both belong to countries where the class struggle, the social conflicts, the economic inequality and, in her particular case, the Civil War and the Postwar Period marked our ways of seeing and relating to art and public space. Alexia Miranda and I could have met in Mexico during the time she lived in that…