Reframing History: Nicaragua Revisited

December 2, 2013

Susan Meiselas, spoke about her 2004 project "Reframing History," which vividly engages themes of collective memory, transformation, and continuity in the aftermath of great civil conflict. Meiselas initially captured a series of now-iconic images depicting the Nicaraguan Revolution in the year 1978-79. In July 2004, for the 25th anniversary of the overthrow of Somoza, she returned to Nicaragua with 19 mural-sized versions of her 1978-79 photographs, working with local communities to install them in the exact sites where they had been originally taken. 

meiselasSusan Meiselas is a photographer and writer. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and she is well-known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. In 1997, she curated a 100-year photographic history of Kurdistan entitled Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997). She has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. She has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “outstanding courage and reporting” for her work in Nicaragua (1979), the Leica Award for Excellence (1982), the Hasselblad Foundation Photography Prize (1994), and the Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

This Signature Series lecture was videotaped.