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Women’s Work: Photographers of the Sandinista Revolution

Selejan, IL; (2020) Women’s Work: Photographers of the Sandinista Revolution. Photography and Culture , 13 (3-4) pp. 339-355. 10.1080/17514517.2020.1809938. Green open access

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This article focuses on the early careers of Margarita Montealegre and Claudia Gordillo, both of whom produced substantial photographic documentation of Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution (1978–1990). Working around the ideological strictures of that moment, I propose reading their work against inherited notions on how political imagery should operate in a revolutionary context. Rejecting the demand for sensationalist images, Montealegre and Gordillo turned their gaze toward fellow citizens, using the camera as a means to observe Nicaraguan society up-close. Aesthetically and politically, each pursued different, yet intersecting directions in their work, exploring how revolutionary ideals, and social change intertwined. The Revolution marked a moment of profound historic change, whereby identities were shaped and political imaginaries formed in ways that remain consequential to date. Revisiting these photographers’ archives now, across the span of four decades, reveals previously overlooked contingent details and an ample range of interpretative possibilities.

Type: Article
Title: Women’s Work: Photographers of the Sandinista Revolution
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17514517.2020.1809938
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17514517.2020.1809938
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: documentary, photojournalism, political aesthetics, revolution, Latin America
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118010
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