MAP POINTZ , A Collective Memory

Map Pointz, A collective Memory

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Map Pointz, A collective Memory

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In the simplest sense, Guadalupe Rosales’ project MAP POINTZ is an exercise in visual history – it gathers together photographs and other ephemera from a particular place and time and tries to make sense of them. But what’s unique about Rosales’ approach is that it is neither a broad arms length academic-style study, nor is it a single personal statement/autobiography – it is somewhat both, or neither, as it floats in between, extending the main story from Rosales’ own experiences and memories and combining it with those of countless others who contributed their photographs, anecdotes, and reminiscences from the same period to her growing archive. It smartly takes the individual and makes it collective and crowd-sourced (digitally enabled by Instagram), but without losing the intimacy of a very personal teenage narrative.

MAP POINTZ chronicles the 1990s party crew and rave scene in East Los Angeles, where Rosales grew up. Her first person essay begins at age 13, when she first heard the beats of techno and house music coming from a nearby backyard in her neighborhood. She (and her friends) soon became part of the regular party crew scene, where vans of teenagers would bounce from residential parties to industrial warehouses, waiting at random meeting points around town (the “map pointz”) to gather with other party goers and get voicemail directions to the next venue. Each party crew (many were all-female) had its own name and fashion look, with embroidered bomber jackets with crew names (there is a comprehensive list at the end of the photobook), baseball hats, and other garb to make them stand out from the crowd.

Published in 2018 by Little Big Man Books. Softcover with pink cloth spine. Unpaginated, with reproductions of color and black-and-white photographs, printed flyers/posters/announcements, newspaper clippings, scrapbook/album pages, and other ephemera. With an essay (spread over multiple pages) by the artist and a list of party crew names. In an edition of 1000 copies. Design by Stephen Serrato.

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