Remixing Histories, Reworking Social Realities: Challenging the Multicultural Erasure of Borderlands Remembrance Practices (Joanna Sanchez-Avila and Lizzy Bentley)


Our video takes the form of a multimedia scrapbook, a compilation of video clips, sketches, sounds and snapshots that reflect our layered memories—as well as the layered histories—of our presence at the 2014 All Souls Procession in Tucson, AZ. As local graduate students and first time participants in the Procession, we were both moved by the performances and technologies of memorialization that surrounded us, and deeply troubled by the cultural appropriation that we witnessed. Extending the politically engaged mission of #TransformDH, our video production enacts a critical and creative intervention into this community performance. Through our multimodal remixing of histories we posit that violent cultural erasure can, and does, occur alongside rich cultural exchange. Ultimately, we contend that a critical and self-aware engagement with histories–personal, cultural, and national–is a crucial step towards reworking social realities.

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Creator bios:

Lizzy Bentley is a PhD student in English at University of Arizona. Her scholarship explores arts-based inquiry, transnational feminisms, and micro-practices for social change.

Joanna Sanchez-Avila is a PhD Student of English at the University of Arizona. She is interested in the transformative potential of everyday stories. These everyday stories can be crafted through spoken word, photography, or utilizing the fashion of dapper threads to convey a ‘style as resistance’ ethos.