Poster Title

Lost in the dream: A heterotopia of Don Bartletti's photograph of Enrique's journey

Research Mentor(s)

Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre

Affiliated Department

Communication Studies

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Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

15-5-2015 2:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

This essay offers two readings of Don Bartletti’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph featuring a Honduran migrant child riding a top a moving train. Employing Michel Foucault’s theory of heterotopia, I argue that the desire to maintain the image of childhood as a romantic journey distracts from the reading of the text as horrifying. As a heterotopic space, the image offers two realities, positioning its audience to juxtapose ideologies they desire with the cultural realities of contemporary politics. Critically considering the image’s striking composition, prominence of fog, and the anonymity of the subject, the text magnifies the viewer’s unconscious connection to childhood nostalgia and distorts a more pressing reading of child immigration. This essay offers two readings of Don Bartletti’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph featuring a Honduran migrant child riding a top a moving train. Employing Michel Foucault’s theory of heterotopia, I argue that the desire to maintain the image of childhood as a romantic journey distracts from the reading of the text as horrifying. As a heterotopic space, the image offers two realities, positioning its audience to juxtapose ideologies they desire with the cultural realities of contemporary politics. Critically considering the image’s striking composition, prominence of fog, and the anonymity of the subject, the text magnifies the viewer’s unconscious connection to childhood nostalgia and distorts a more pressing reading of child immigration.

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Lost in the dream: A heterotopia of Don Bartletti's photograph of Enrique's journey

Communication Studies

This essay offers two readings of Don Bartletti’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph featuring a Honduran migrant child riding a top a moving train. Employing Michel Foucault’s theory of heterotopia, I argue that the desire to maintain the image of childhood as a romantic journey distracts from the reading of the text as horrifying. As a heterotopic space, the image offers two realities, positioning its audience to juxtapose ideologies they desire with the cultural realities of contemporary politics. Critically considering the image’s striking composition, prominence of fog, and the anonymity of the subject, the text magnifies the viewer’s unconscious connection to childhood nostalgia and distorts a more pressing reading of child immigration. This essay offers two readings of Don Bartletti’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph featuring a Honduran migrant child riding a top a moving train. Employing Michel Foucault’s theory of heterotopia, I argue that the desire to maintain the image of childhood as a romantic journey distracts from the reading of the text as horrifying. As a heterotopic space, the image offers two realities, positioning its audience to juxtapose ideologies they desire with the cultural realities of contemporary politics. Critically considering the image’s striking composition, prominence of fog, and the anonymity of the subject, the text magnifies the viewer’s unconscious connection to childhood nostalgia and distorts a more pressing reading of child immigration.