Gender and Migration: Resisting with a Camera. A Researcher to Researcher Experience


  • Yolanda Hernández-Albújar University of Loyola Andalucía
  • Adriana Ciccaglione Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta



This manuscript is a reflexive collaboration between two differently situated researchers. It meets at the crossroad of knowledge and visual activism at three levels: it uses a case study to analyze the possibilities of photovoice as a form of resistance against narratives of hate; it reflects on the ways in which the observed and the observer cooperate to construct from their own perspectives a legitimized knowledge aiming to promote visibility and social transformation; finally, it revises whether photovoice may become a form of visual activism and, if so, the ways in which images may be used toward this goal. Using as a point of departure the work of the photographer Diane Arbus and a photovoice project on being a migrant woman in Spain, the authors elaborate on the power of images to work at the margins, from the margins, and for the margins.

Author Biographies

Yolanda Hernández-Albújar, University of Loyola Andalucía

Hernández-Albújar, Yolanda is a professor at the University of Loyola Andalucía, Spain, where she teaches courses on Migration and Anthropology. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s from the University of Florida. Her main interests move around issues of gender and migration, identity, and culture. She incorporates visual methodologies into her research and has conducted numerous workshops with refugees and migrant women on photovoice.

Adriana Ciccaglione, Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta

Ciccaglione, Adriana is a journalist with a bachelor’s degree in social communication from the Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta (Maracaibo-Venezuela). With more than fifteen years of experience as a journalist, she founded the magazine Estampas Larense of the newspaper El Informador (2005), among others. She has been awarded the Order Jacinto Lara (2012) and the National Prize for Cultural Journalism (2009). She currently lives in Seville, Spain, where she works as a freelance journalist and manages her blog, Lipsticks in Quarantine.


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How to Cite

Hernández-Albújar, Y., & Ciccaglione, A. (2022). Gender and Migration: Resisting with a Camera. A Researcher to Researcher Experience. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 13(2), 79–103.