William Estrada was born to immigrant parents and grew up assembling memories in California, Mexico, and Chicago. His teaching and art making practice focuses on exploring inequality, migration, historical passivity, cultural recognition, self-preservation and media representation in marginalized communities. He documents and engages experiences in public spaces to transform, question, and make connections to established and organic systems through discussion, creation, and promotion of counter narratives.
William’s practice attempts to record complex stories, ignored spaces, and the on-going struggle to connect urban life, academia, and the mainstream. His work is a discourse of existing images, text, and politics that appoints his audience to critically re-examine the meanings of their surroundings. As a teacher, artist, cultural worker, and urban anthropologist he reports, records, reveals, and imparts experiences you find in academic books, school halls, city streets, television sets, teacher lounges, kitchen tables, barrios, college campuses, and in the conversations of close friends.
His current research is focused on developing community based street workshops that begin to question power structures of race, economy, and cultural access.
See photos from one of William’s Urban Gateways programs: