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Journeying Across The Old Spanish Trail

Apr 15, 2016

In 2014, Spanish artist Janire Nájera set out on a journey from New Mexico to California, following the 19th Century trade route known as the Old Spanish Trail.  Traveling in an SUV through six states, Najera documented the descendants of the Trail's first Spanish settlers.  The result is Moving Forward, Looking Back, an exhibition that has been seen around the world and is on view now through September at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Nájera describes the journey as her attempt to "capture this intangible heritage" before it's lost to future generations.

In this longer version of the interview, Janire Nájera discusses reactions to the exhibition when it was displayed in Europe.