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Zegache Stories/Relatos de Zegache
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

What is it like to live in St. Ana Zegache? In March 2013, two workshops in trans-medial storytelling were held with people in this Oaxacan town, giving them an opportunity to document in their own words and photographs what it is like to live there. Participants were asked to create two brief stories, the first focusing on what they saw as the most important features of the town, and the second a more personal story from their own lives.

What came through in the adults’ stories of the town was the centrality of the church, the importance of religious sites and rich agricultural traditions, but also the threats to these from pollution and inadequate waste disposal. Personal stories touch on themes of family life, the responsibility of maintaining family ties, and the strains placed on these ties by migration, both within Mexico and to the US. Many also mentioned the handicrafts and art projects they pursued, in their work and in their free time.

The groups also talked about how making their own images affected their perspectives on the town and their own lives. They discussed the value of these visual narratives, what they could mean for the community and how they might use them in the future, for example, by making a web-based archive about Zegache. Karin explained how she would use the results in her research, to look more closely at the different ‘ways of seeing’ reflected in their stories, and to develop the method as a way to exchange life experiences across cultures, including the experience of migration and the ongoing importance of the place one is from.

Abstract [es]

Cómo es vivir en Santa Ana Zegache? En marzo del 2013, se llevaron a cabo dos talleres de Relatos Fotográficos con jovenes y adultos del pueblo, dándoles la oportunidad de documentar con sus propias pàlabras y fotografías lo que significa vivir ahí. Se pidió a los participantes crear dos breves historias, la primera enfocándose en lo que ellos consideraban como característica más importante del pueblo, y la segunda, una historia más personal de su propia vida. En palabras y fotografías, describieron lo bueno y lo no tan bueno de este lugar, y lo que extrañan cuando se van de ahí.

Al terminar los talleres, los grupos hablaron sobre como veían estas fotografías y como afectaba su perspectiva del pueblo y su vida, el crear sus propias imágenes. Hablaron sobre el valor de esta narrativa visual para la comunidad y de cómo podrían utilizarla en el futuro, por ejemplo, haciendo un archivo en red sobre Zegache. Karin explicó cómo utilizará los resultados en su investigación, para acercarse más a las diferentes “maneras de ver” reflejadas en las historias, y como una manera de intercambiar experiencias de vida a través de las culturas, incluyendo la experiencia de la migracióny la importancia actual del lugar de origen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
photography, transmedial story-telling, migration, Oaxaco, Mexico
National Category
Visual Arts
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98158OAI: diva2:682890
Changing Places
Swedish Research Council, 421-2009-1935
Available from: 2013-12-30 Created: 2013-12-30 Last updated: 2013-12-30

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