February 1, 2018: Photographer Talk at New Mexico State University
Guatemalan photographer Roderico Y. Díaz talks about his work documenting struggles for justice in Guatemala, at New Mexico State University. Translated by Emily Rhyne. Filmed and edited by Don Gass (gassworks.photography)
It has been called the “Silent Holocaust,” but its survivors are unafraid to speak out. More than 20 years after Guatemala’s civil war ended in 1996, civilians are still advocating for justice after the genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of Maya people. Guatemala’s military launched a campaign targeting Maya, claiming they were allies to guerrilla forces known as the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity.Read the full transcript.
(Photo by Maggie Adams for Kokopelli)
February in Las Cruces marks the celebration of For the Love of Art Month. With galleries holding openings downtown and events happening throughout town all month long, New Mexico State University is celebrating with art exhibits and openings of its own.
On Feb. 1, students, faculty and members of the Las Cruces community came to Kent Hall on the NMSU campus to enjoy the opening of “Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice in Guatemala,” a photo documentary exhibit by photojournalist Roderico Y. Diaz. This exhibit shows how the indigenous people of Guatemala are fighting for justice following the genocide of their people in the 1980s.