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Guide to the Veronica Melendez photographs, 2011-2012

Summary

Twenty 17x22-inch color inkjet prints from the body of work "Le pido a Dios que no me olviden," or "I ask God that you not forget me," by photographer Veronica Melendez document the Latin American community in the Washington, D.C. metro area, primarily in Maryland and Virginia. The images are of people, cultural events, religious scenes, and symbols that recall faraway countries of origin as well as contemporary realities in these Latin American communities. Melendez's work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of the American South. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11692
Title
Veronica Melendez photographs
Date
2011-2012
Creator
Melendez, Veronica Aracely
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English and Spanish.

Collection Overview

Content Description

The title of this project, Le pido a Dios que no me olviden, translates to "I ask God that you not forget me." It is taken from a letter written to the artist's mother the day she emigrated from Guatemala to the United States in 1982. These words inspired Veronica Melendez to start documenting through photography the Central American community in the Washington, D.C. metro area, particularly in Maryland and Virginia.

The twenty 17x22-inch color inkjet prints, all horizontally oriented, document people, cultural events, religious scenes, and symbols that recall faraway countries of origin as well as contemporary realities in these Latin American communities. The artist's statement is included. This work won the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of the American South.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

Prints are arranged in original order as assigned by the photographer.

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Collection is open for research. Images may only be used for educational, non-commercial purposes; any other use requires the photographer's permission.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Veronica Melendez photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Le pido a Dios que no me olviden, 2011-2012

All prints measure 17x22 inches and are horizontally oriented.
Casa furniture, Alexandria, Virginia, 2011
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0001
Abuela en navidad, Wheaton, Maryland, 2011
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0002
John Rios en casa, Wheaton, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0003
Graduation party, Potomac, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0004
Latino laundry, Falls Church, Virginia, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0005
Checkers, Wheaton, Maryland, 2011
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0006
Niños jugando, Langley Park, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0007
Shadows, Langley Park, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0008
Hechizo, Alexandria, Virginia, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0009
Iglesia De Cristo, Glenmont, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0010
Juan, Layhill Road, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0011
Primas, Wheaton, Maryland, 2011
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0012
Comedor, Wheaton, Maryland, 2011
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0013
Abuelo de John, Wheaton, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0014
Bible boy, Glenmont, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0015
Western Jesus, Glenmont, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0016
Mama Olivia en casa, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0017
John 17:18, Glenmont, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0018
La Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant, Washington D.C, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0019
Andrea en casa, Wheaton, Maryland, 2012
(17 x 22 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11692-P-0020
 

Historical Note

Veronica Melendez is a visual artist currently based in Washington, D.C. She received her MFA from the University of Hartford and BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. From illustrations of iconic household products to photographs documenting the diaspora of Central Americans within the D.C. metro area, her work is greatly influenced by her Latinx upbringing. Melendez is the 2018 recipient of the Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Documentarians of the American South.


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Provenance

The Veronica Melendez photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed and described by Edward Coles, Paula Jeannet, and Alanna Styer, January 2019.

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2018-0177.

Other Notes

The inkjet photographs in this collection were printed using Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.