What Remains: Documentary Work and Analysis of Terror, Extrajudicial Killings and Community
Through a long-term personal project called What Remains, Lexi Parra has been documenting the effects of violence, repression by the State, and power of community in the targeted barrios of Caracas, by following the lives of those most affected. In this presentation, Parra will share her ongoing work paired with testimonies from local collaborators to offer an analysis of the militarization of Venezuelan police forces and the false narratives of an improving country as the crisis continues. She will also offer insight into the importance of nuanced, ethical storytelling.
This is a Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) Seminar Series Event.
Lexi Parra is a Venezuelan-American photographer and community educator based between Caracas and New York. Her work focuses on youth culture, the personal effects of inequality and violence, and themes of resilience. Parra has worked with The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, and others. Her degree is in Photography and Human Rights, from Bard College. Parra is the founder of Project MiRA , an arts education initiative that fosters visual literacy and critical analysis with youth in the barrios of Caracas. Project MiRA has been supported by Canon USA and the Davis Peace Prize.