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Esther Parada: 1938-2005

Academic journal article Afterimage

Esther Parada: 1938-2005

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Artist Esther Parada died on October 19, 2005, in her Chicago, Illinois, home after a three-year battle with gastrointestinal stromal cell cancer; she was sixty-seven. Parada, whose work focused on the political, historical, and social relations between the United States and Latin America, had been a photography professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, since 1974. Parada served with the Peace Corps in the 1960s as an art instructor at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas at Universidad de San Francisco Xavier in Bolivia, where she learned to speak Spanish.

Some of Parada's photographic works, including Past Recovery (1979) and Memory Warp (1980), which layer images and text related to family history, are represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In the mid 1980s, Parada pioneered the use of digital media, creating photomontages focused on cultural representation. These works, which include The Monroe Doctrine: Theme and Variations (1987), Define/Defy the Frame (1990), A Thousand Centuries (1992), Native Fruits (1992), and At the Margin (1991), are featured in various publications such as In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (1990) by Fred Ritchin; Iterations: The New Image (1994), edited by Timothy Druckery; A World History of Photography (1984) and A History of Women Photographers (1997), both by Naomi Rosenblum; and Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies (1998) by Diane Neumaier. …

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