SAMANTHA CABERA FRIEND
Visually and ethnographically I work to describe the diverse amount of prolific, untapped, and dynamic communities I continue to find within the modern quinceañera tradition as a leading example. Convening mediums of photography, journalism, and writing, bring clarity and unity to this aspect and many accompanying facets of minimally understood Mexican culture. Through larger explorations of local histories, traditions, and sociopolitical issues affecting female-based communities on a global scale, I place historic value in the actions of all women, youth and their engulfing communities, and support that utilizing large format photography.
The tradition of the quinceañera is a female, women of color, youth-based tradition. In modern-day, it can subvert its patriarchal roots as an indigenous rite of passage beginning in 1400s Mexico, and directly serves as a form of cultural activism through the inherent tools exchanged within quinceañera communities—embracing one’s mother language, traditions, and stories—to indirectly fight oppression.
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