Eleuterio Martinez Ramirez: Doc Photo Exhibit

Eleuterio Martinez Ramirez: Doc Photo Exhibit

October 24, 2017

Ele Martinez - photo exhibitDuring the summer, dozens of Skidmore students undertake internships and other opportunities to advance their academic and other interests off campus.  In summer 2017, the Megan McAdams-Roldán '08 award for International Community Service, which encourages students to recognize "the value of participating in a summer community service project abroad, " went for the first time to fund a homecoming 'abroad.' Eleuterio Martínez Ramírez applied for and was awarded funds to return to his home community in Mexico to begin to share the skills he had developed in Saratoga Springs as a photographer, physics major, and Storytellers' Institute Student Fellow, with a new generation as he taught a photography workshop. Find out about Ele's experience in Oaxaca in his own words (watch video) and see some of his students' work below. Ele created a photography exhibit entitled Ventana a Mi Comunidad (Window On My Community) of the photographs taken by his students. The exhibit was displayed in Case Gallery at Skidmore College, from September 29 - October 6, 2017. 

Ele Martinez - photo exhibit

Ele Martinez - photo workshop
Ele with students in Oaxaca, Photo by Jake DeNicola, '15

This summer I decided to go back to my hometown in Oaxaca, Mexico to lead a photography workshop at my former middle school. The journey was not easy but the work speaks for itself. I was really excited to go back to my community after almost 10 years and partner with the Centro De Integración Social 28, in La Sabana, Copala, Oaxaca.

The main purpose of this project was both to introduce technology at this school and to use it and create awareness of the Triqui culture (Triqui people are indigenous people who live in the northwestern part of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico). The workshop was held over two months (June 5 to August 10). During those two months, I taught students from 3rd grade to 6th grade, with 15 - 20 students in each class. A topic (e.i family, community, work, etc.) was chosen for each week. The results are shown here.

— Eleuterio Martinez Ramirez, ’18
(Storytellers' Institute, 2015)


 

Ele Martinez - photo exhibit
Photographer: Erik, age 12
Ele Martinez - photo exhibit
Photographer: Sixtta Jazmin Ortiz Reyes, Age 13
Ele Martinez - photo exhibit
Photographer: Violeta De Jesus Avarez, Age 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ele Martinez - photo exhibit
Photographer: Gustavo Bautista De La Cruz
Ele Martinez - photo exhibit
Photographer: Antonio Serapio Martinez, Age 14

 

Learn more about Ele's experience in Oaxaca in a video created by Skidmore Communications.

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