The notion of "Desaparecid@s” emerges to convey parallels between the Latin American experience with U.S. violent interventions and the current state U.S. deportations.
Street Vendors Fight for Justice
Prominent street vendor mother and daughter activists, Doña Cari and Esmeralda, share their experiences street vending in Los Angeles.
Brown Bodies Divided
Photos highlighting my families' testimonio during the Salvadoran Civil War and how those experiences intersect with the thousands of other families in the Central American Wars.
Immersive, visual experience chronicling the stories of migrants who survived their disappearance or are currently in desaparecid@s status.
Visual Anthropology Exhibition
Exhibition presenting works that explored the ways in which images and sounds can be used to engage sociocultural worlds in collaboration with film subjects and communities.
Bringing the print medium into the digital age by digitizing the fotonovela, and embedding video ethnographic interviews within the online fotonovela and making it accessible across multiple platforms.
As a research activist, LeighAnna Hidalgo engages in critical and creative augmented scholarship focused on social inequalities. Augmented Scholarship both informs and invites – founded on an applied research methodology, it provides a space where researchers and communities collaboratively engage in knowledge production by drawing on Augmented Reality (AR) and traditional research methods to produce alternative narratives. LeighAnna is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned a master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) with a focus on self-employment, urban space, and visual media. Her research interests include access to credit and finance, self-employment, entrepreneurship, and resiliency among Latino migrants. Driven by a decolonial research praxis, she draws from community embedded research leveraging urban spaces and visual media to promote knowledge, action, and education.