Visualizing Remnants of the Guatemalan Civil War: Carlos Ortiz Visits Davidson College

Protesters angry over allegations of voter fraud burn tires, blocking the highway, before setting fire to the mayor’s office in Palin, Guatemala. Image by Carlos Javier Ortiz. Guatemala, 2008.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 07:00pm EDT (GMT -0400)

Students at Davidson College learn how Pulitzer Center grantee Carlos Ortiz uses documentary photography to shape the intimate stories of those harmed by criminal violence. His lecture on Tuesday, March 24, focuses on his reporting“El Sueño: Visualizing Remnants of the Guatemalan Civil War.” In the past 40 years, Guatemala has suffered many atrocities: a civil war that claimed 200,000 lives; indigenous civilians disappeared and buried in mass graves; and government death squads that killed with impunity. Ortiz discusses the aftermath of these years of bloody conflict, including gun violence and migration.

Ortiz—born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in Chicago—has focused on documenting society's most vulnerable communities across the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Israel and Palestine. His current long term project, "We All We Got," documenting the loss, grief and rebuilding of communities in Chicago and Philadelphia most affected by gun violence, has been released as a photo book and short documentary.

See more of his work via his Pulitzer Center-supported project, "Chicago and Guatemala: Too Young to Die."

“El Sueño: Visualizing Remnants of the Guatemalan Civil War"
Tuesday, March 24
7-8 pm
Davidson College
Alvarez College Union
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC 28035