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Artist Zuckerman, Amy
Date 1994
Medium gelatin silver print
Culture American
School Tucson Artist
Catalog Number 1995.50
Collection Contemporary Art Collection
Object Name Print, Photographic
Credit line Gift of the Artist
Didactic Information Dedicated to photography, education, and recording history in progress, Tucson artist Amy Zuckerman spent several years photographing recent immigrants in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. She documented people living, working, and creating homes in these squatter settlements to bring a sense of humanity to this cultural demographic. Zuckerman brings a sense of compassion to issues of immigration, displacement, prejudice, human rights, and the human condition. She believes that art and education can foster understanding and community. In Diana, 1994, a young woman with a coy smile holds a gift-wrapped box and stands in front of a cluttered room. The room is full of myriad objects and machines like a landscape painting, a mirror, an old television, and another wrapped present that rests among the clutter on a small bed. Zuckerman shows that the figure takes much pride in her belongings, and this glimpse into her home gives a sense of her personality and everyday life. However, the photograph also comments on the ubiquity of machines and objects in our daily life and implies that people's everyday objects can define
their identity.