The Alexia Foundation visual storytelling seminar Latin America: Stories That Drive Change takes place in less than one month, on April 8 and 9 at The University of Miami. To celebrate that event, we are going to feature each of our speakers with a special post on our blog. The second phenomenal speaker we’d like to celebrate is Adriana Zehbrauskas.
Born in Sao Paolo Brazil, Adriana is based in Mexico City. Her documentary work focuses on issues related to The Mexican Drug War, migration and religion. She works throughout Mexico and Central and South America and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, UNICEF, Buzzfeed News, Bloomberg and The Washington Post.
Adriana was one of three photographers profiled in the documentary Beyond Assignment, a film produced by The Knight Center for International Media and The University of Miami. It looked at her Tepito; Barrio Bravo project, which is a profound examination of a neighborhood known for lawlessness and crime, but where she also found pride, community ties and strong religious traditions, from both Catholicism and the cult of Santa Muerte.
Adriana’s Instagram account was named one of the 29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014 by Time Magazine. She was the recipient of the inaugural Getty Images Instagram Grant in 2015 for her project, Family Matters, which focused on the families of the 43 college students who went missing from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers School in 2014. In recent weeks, Adriana has documented the victims of Zika in Brazil for The New York Times, and was part of a special project for Univision examining the epidemic of feticide in Latin America.
In her talk, Adriana will be sharing images from her years of working throughout Latin America. She will also discuss how Instagram has become a vital part of her photographic process and outreach. During her break-out session, Adriana will work with attendees on how to make their voices heard through social media platforms.
We are thrilled to be able to bring the talented and thoughtful Zehbrauskas to Latin America: Stories That Drive Change. Her sensitive work in the region is something all visual journalists should aspire to. Her use of social media to question assumptions and bring stories and issues directly to the public is something all should strive for. Register now for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change and sign up to be inspired.