The Viva los Libros exhibit encourages viewers/readers to think about the archive as a means of preservation. Who do these books serve? Who are they intended to serve? What other knowledge might be enclosed in our archives? The books here have been selected from UC Santa Cruz Special Collections and Archives, and curated to highlight the kinds of Latinx artist books available in the collection. Please note that anyone, UCSC affiliate or otherwise, can request materials from Special Collections. This collection boasts over 1,000 artist books and more than 50 with Spanish language text. There are only five books showcased here, and have been chosen by me somewhat arbitrarily, as these are the topics in which I am the most comfortable. Nevertheless, I hope they demonstrate the scope of Latin American writing and artistry in this unique format, from creators both in Latin America and in diaspora.
This exhibition was created as a part of the Center for Archival Research and Training fellowship and was curated by UCSC PhD student, Katie Ligmond.