This collection of essays interrogates the most contested social, political, and aesthetic concept in Chicana/o cultural studies—resistance.
If Chicana/o culture was born of resistance amid
assimilation and nationalistic forces, how has it evolved into the twenty-first century? This groundbreaking volume redresses the central idea of resistance in Chicana/o visual cultural expression
through nine clustered discussions, each coordinating scholarly, critical, curatorial, and historical contextualizations alongside artist statements and interviews. Landmark artistic
works—illustrations, paintings, sculpture, photography, film, and television—anchor each section. Contributors include David Avalos, Mel Casas, Ester Hernández, Nicholas Herrera, Luis Jiménez,
Ellen Landis, Yolanda López, Richard Lou, Delilah Montoya, Laura Pérez, Lourdes Portillo, Luis Tapia, Chuy Treviño, Willie Varela, Kathy Vargas, René Yañez, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, and more. Cara
a cara, face-to-face, encounters across the collection reveal the varied richness of resistant strategies, movidas, as they position crucial terms of debate surrounding resistance, including
subversion, oppression, affirmation, and identification.
This volume will stand as an important and foundational piece of scholarship to the future study of Chicana/o visual culture.
—Carlos Francisco Jackson, author of Chicana and Chicano Art: ProtestArte
[This] is an unprecedented major timely contribution to the literature on Chicano cultural production and expressive culture.
—Isidro D. Ortiz, co-editor of Chicano Renaissance: Contemporary Cultural Trends
The essays in the collection represent a wide array of perspectives on Chicana/o visual culture. Editors Scott L. Baugh and Víctor A.
Sorell have curated a dialog among the many voices, creating an important new volume that redefines the role of resistance in Chicana/o visual arts and cultural expression.