Mario Quiroz: Mis Vecinos, Portraits of Fitchburg’s Latino Communities

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Mario Quiroz is a contemporary photographer who was born in El Salvador and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a citizen of the United States. His work is focused on exploring the 21st-century American immigrant experience. Over the last decade, he has created and exhibited extensive photographic projects that have documented the Salvadoran community in East Boston, domestic workers in Massachusetts, immigrants in New England and Arizona, and Mongolians in Arlington, Virginia.

In 2013, FAM invited Mario Quiroz to come to Fitchburg to make photographic portraits of individuals, families, and groups from this city’s growing Latino communities. Quiroz approached this project in two ways: he created informal portraits in private homes, workplaces, churches, and social gatherings, and he also made formal portraits in a special studio here at FAM. The resulting 100 photographs provide an encompassing and diverse record of the communities that are increasingly shaping Fitchburg’s history and culture. 

While most of the artworks in Mis Vecinos are straight black-and-white photographs, Quiroz has hand-colored over 30 of the formal portraits. These photographs will enter FAM’s permanent collection as a tribute to our Latino neighbors.

Mario Quiroz: Mis Vecinos, Portraits of Fitchburg’s Latino Communities is organized by FAM Director Nick Capasso, and is supported by the Sinon Collection Fund and Resource Management, Inc.

On View: September 21, 2014 to September 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21, 4pm - 7pm

Gallery Talk: Mario Quiroz
Saturday, October 4
3:15 p.m. in English and 4:00 in Spanish

Photographer Mario Quiroz discusses his artistic vision and the fascinating stories behind these photographs of Fitchburg’s Latino leaders and families.