Las Fotos Project Exhibition Documents Maya Women In Los Angeles

by Yvette Montoya

During a gray chilly Saturday in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, nearly 200 people stood on a line that extended down a long street, waiting excitedly to enter “Maya Women in LA,” a youth photo exhibition documenting Maya culture and diaspora.

The exhibit, put together by Las Fotos Project, a community-based nonprofit using photography to educate and inspire low-income girls of color, featured the photos of six of its students — all Guatemalan teens. The goal of the event, according to teaching artist and project ideator Floridalma Boj Lopez, Ph.D, is to help the city’s Maya community foster a triumphant narrative...

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