"Memento Vivere: Shadow Ground, Aesthetic Memory and the Border"

Speaker: Mariana Ortega, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University

In this presentation, Mariana Ortega discusses the production of spaces of mourning in connection to memory practices — not for the dead but for the living.

By using the example of the work of Verónica G. Cárdenas, an artist from the bordertown of McAllen, Texas, specifically her series Traveling Soles, a series of photographs about detained undocumented immigrants, including many Central American children, Ortega calls for aesthetic memory as a way to honor all of those immigrants who have become invisible as humans and hyper-visible as “criminals.”

This event will include a photography exhibit of the series "Traveling Soles" by Verónica Cárdenas in the gallery space on the first floor of the UNC Charlotte Atkins Library.

More information on that series can be found here.



Event Details

Atkins Library
Halton Reading Room


Contact Information

Pamela Eudy


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Event Date & Time

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM