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Place of Encounters/Lugar de Encuentros explores migration experiences through the art of six different Latin American artists. Join us for a discussion of Solito, written by Javier Zamora. This memoir tells the story of his 3,000-mile journey to the U.S which he undertook at the age of nine.
Dr. Sotelo states, “This travel book is a rare, eye-opening rendition of the brutal reality of border crossing – by walking all the way from there to here. At the same time, it is an affirmation of solidarity, as any traveler needs companions.”
Miguel Rojas-Sotelo works at the intersection of critical human geography, ethnic studies, visual anthropology, environmental and health humanities and cultural theory. As scholar, filmmaker, visual artist, and media activist he studies how communities of color (indigenous and migrants) and natural spaces are shaped by modernity and how they mobilize to adapt and resist. He is particularly interested in how such people(s) articulate their archival knowledge, racial and class politics, the spatiality of those processes, and how they are manifest in the landscape via visual, audiovisual, oral, and textual narratives.