caroline eaton tracey
writer

caroline.e.tracey at gmail dot com


photo: graciela iturbide
The Instagram Counter-Archive: Guadalupe Rosales, Graciela Iturbide, and Chicana Representation Across Borders
June 2021
Burlington Contemporary

“The afterlife of Iturbide’s East LA photographs aligns well with her perception of the work as an aesthetic fabrication, focused on formal qualities over ethnographic ones. The poetry and emotional reality of her images have enabled the community to claim and shape them as their own, long after Iturbide left town. The failure of the images as ethnographic, then, allows them to be folded into Chicana narratives and to confirm Rosales’s mission of self-representation. The artistic nature of Iturbide’s images grants a status of archivability that extends beyond the photographs’ frames. And the afterlives of the images demonstrate that it is not only representation itself that matters, but also the reclaiming and reframing of those representations made by outsiders.”







Caroline Eaton Tracey writes about the US Southwest, Mexico, and the borderlands between the two. She speaks and works in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Caroline’s reporting appears in n+1, the Nation, the Guardian, and elsewhere. In Spanish she covers the US-Mexico borderlands for Mexico’s Revista Nexos. Her reportage about migrant death in South Texas won the 2019 Scoundrel Time/Summer Literary Seminars nonfiction contest. 

Her personal essays appear in the Kenyon Review Online, Full Stop, New South, and elsewhere. “A River Passes By Here” was runner-up in the 2020 Financial Times/Bodley Head essay contest; “The Ephemeral Forever” won Ruminate Magazine’s 2021 VanderMey Nonfiction Contest.

Her art writing has appeared in Nexos, Variable West, SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Burlington Contemporary.

She is currently seeking representation for SALT LAKES, her manuscript of essays, as well as preparing a book proposal about the effects of US border and migration policy in Mexico. 

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Caroline Eaton Tracey escribe sobre la geografía de México, el Suroeste de Estados Unidos y la frontera entre ellos. Habla ingles, español y ruso.

Sus artículos aparecen en n+1, The Nation y The Guardian, entre otros lugares. En español cubre la frontera norte para la Revista Nexos. En 2019, un artículo suyo sobre el fallecimiento de migrantes en el desierto del sur de Texas ganó el premio de no ficción de Scoundrel Time/Summer Literary Seminars. 

Sus ensayos aparecen en Kenyon Review Online, Full Stop y New South, entre otros lugares. “Aquí Pasa Un Río” ganó segundo lugar en el premio de ensayo Financial Times/Bodley Head de 2020; en 2021 “Lo Efímero, Para Siempre” ganó el concurso de no-ficción VanderMey de Ruminate Magazine. 

Sus reseñas y ensayos sobre el arte han aparecido en Nexos, Variable West, Open Space (plataforma del Museo de Arte Moderno de San Francisco) y Burlington Contemporary.

Actualmente está preparando un manuscrito de ensayos y una propuesta para un libro sobre los efectos de la política migratoria/fronteriza de Estados Unidos en México. 

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