We bring this issue of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture to you as we shelter in place at home in southern California. The spread of the novel coronavirus has left the world in a suspended state that has hyperfocused our collective attention on our individual responses to an unprecedented existential threat. Perhaps this moment of widespread pause and recalibration calls us to ruminate on the role of academic inquiry in shaping our collective reality. As scholars taking refuge in our homes, we can continue, in however limited capacity, to pursue our ethical obligation to ask difficult, probing questions of the visual objects that populate our cultural landscape.

In a moment where time seems to have come to an abrupt halt, it seems apropos to begin volume 2, issue 3 of LALVC with Susan Milbrath’s essay on the representation...

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