Reclaiming the Americas: Latinx Art and the Politics of Territory (Latinx: The Future Is Now) (Paperback)
2023 Outstanding Book Award, National Association for Ethnic Studies
How Latinx artists around the US adopted the medium of printmaking to reclaim the lands of the Americas.
Printmakers have conspired, historically, to illustrate the maps created by European colonizers that were used to chart and claim their expanding territories. Over the last three decades, Latinx artists and print studios have reclaimed this printed art form for their own spatial discourse. This book examines the limited editions produced at four art studios around the US that span everything from sly critiques of Manifest Destiny to printed portraits of Dreamers in Texas.
Reclaiming the Americas is the visual history of Latinx printmaking in the US. Tatiana Reinoza employs a pan-ethnic comparative model for this interdisciplinary study of graphic art, drawing on art history, Latinx studies, and geography in her discussions. The book contests printmaking’s historical complicity in the logics of colonization and restores the art form and the lands it once illustrated to the Indigenous, migrant, mestiza/o, and Afro-descendant people of the Americas.
Tatiana Reinoza is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame.