Conceived and produced by renowned researcher and sociologist, Dr. Isabel Martinez, the NYC Stand-Up Latinx Comedy Project delves into the rich history and nuanced experiences of Latinx stand-up comics in New York City, the birthplace of the craft. Shirley has been commissioned as the official photographer of the project.
"For Latinxs and other racialized minorities, stand-up comedy has long provided a platform from which oppressive power dynamics and the flaws of the American Democratic project can be named and presented to majority audiences in alternative ways and in mainstream rooms that continue to be comprised of primarily white audiences, and, in a country that, albeit improving, continues to be segregated, Latino stand-up comics understand that in these rooms, they are possibly the first and/or only contact many patrons will have with a Latino and the stories they bring to the stage. This accidental interaction can likely serve to unmask stereotypes that continue to be reproduced in popular media and other social institutions, and more importantly, humanize the Latino experience (Sara Contreras and Isabel Martinez 2021)."
For more information, visit https://latinxcomedyproject.com/ or contact Dr. Isabel Martinez at email@example.com.