LLILAS Faculty Book Series: "Unsettled: Children in a World of Gangs"
Mon, April 22, 2013 • 4:00 PM • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1
Central American nations have recently had the highest per capita homicide rates in the world—surpassing the per capita death toll even in war-torn countries like Iraq and Afghanistan—and gang violence has been the dominant explanation for this tragic state of affairs. But why has gang activity become endemic in the region? Photojournalist Donna De Cesare began covering Central America during the civil wars of the 1980s, focusing especially on the disrupted lives of children and youths, and continued her photography project in Central American refugee communities in the United States in the 1990s and postwar Central America in the 2000s. She documents a history of repression, violence, and trauma, in which gags are as much a symptom as a cause of trauma, trapped as they are by social deglect.
Donna De Cesare is Associate Professor of Documentary Photography at the UT Journalism School. She teaches photography workshops for at-risk youth, journalism students, and professional photojournalists in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America. Her photographs have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Life, and DoubleTake. She has worked as videojournalist and producer on documentaries for The Learning Channel, including Emmy Award-winning Killer Virus (1996). Her groundbreaking reportage about the spread of U.S. gang culture to Central America has won several national and international awards including top prize in the NPPA's Pictures of the Year Contest for her photo-essay on Colombia published by Crimes of War.
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