Pulga • San Antonio
Pulga is photo series that centers working class Latina/o community through various portraits. Pulgas, flea markets, mercados, tangius, and swap meets are visually rich scenes that intertwine labor with social engagement and performance. I believes the outdoor market in any society is an energetic vortex of bursting life that permeates both the synchronicity of social order and the unpredictability of chaos. Through constant visits to pulgas in San Antonio, I capture individuals that partake in outdoor market culture. These images reflect people that exist outside of pop culture’s visual consumption and “photogenic” socialites. This digital exhibit brings visibility to the daily resilience, thriving community, and vibrant beauty that exist in the pulgas on the outskirts of the city. The faces and culture she encounters in these spaces represent the beating heart of San Antonio.