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Juan D. Ochoa

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Shine Bright Like a Migrant: Julio Salgado’s Digital Art and Its Use of Jotería

Ochoa explores the digital art of Undocuqueer movement activist Julio Salgado through what the author conceptualizes as a jotería analytic that is informed by Chicana feminisms, queer of color critique, and Chicana/o Studies. Similar to the political project of Chicana lesbian feminisms, jotería challenges the heteronormativity imbedded in Chicana/o cultural production and Chicano subjectivity. Ochoa describes Salgado’s prints as portraying the quotidian experience of navigating life as undocumented, queer, Chicana/o, migrant, and feminist in the United States. The author argues that it is important to study Gay Chicano men’s cultural production, whether photographs, oral histories, or digital art, because these sites highlight pockets of jota and joto resistance to oppression.

Undocuqueer movement, Chicana/o cultural production

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 42, Nos. 3-4 (2015): 184-199

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