I took photos of Grupo Folklórico de UCLA backstage during their big show of the year, Fiesta Mexicana, in 2011 and 2012. They are a student organization at UCLA that performs folklórico (traditional folk dancing that differs by state) for community and campus events. Fiesta Mexicana is a three hour show at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Its production is completely student-run, and the show is free to everyone. These photos were shared by the organization itself on Facebook, for promotion, and for record.
Star Montana is a photographer in New York. Originally from East Los Angeles, she moved to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts and pursue her passion as an artist. Currently, she is working on a project of taking portraits of Mexican-Americans to dispel a stereotype she encountered when she came to New York city–that they are all short, brown, and indigenous-looking. While taking the portraits, she has realized that this has also become a process to confront the question of what exactly does it mean to be and identify as Mexican-American.
The owner of La Casa Azul, Aurora Anaya-Cerda, talks about her journey to creating the bookstore and its significance to the community of East Harlem.