East of East

In Search of Buried Histories in El Monte and South El Monte

Armed with a desire to insert the voices of Mexican migrant families into the official narrative, we set out to construct an archive for and with the communities of South El Monte and El Monte.

About the Author

Romeo Guzmán is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University and codirector of the South El Monte Arts Posse arts collective in the San Gabriel Valley.
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Murals at El Monte Station: Eloy Torrez

Murals at El Monte Station: Eloy Torrez

Artist Eloy Torrez invites viewers at the El Monte Bus Station to venture out of their ordinary daily life into unexpected territories as he also pushed himself to explore new aspe ...
Murals at El Monte Station: Martin Durazo

Murals at El Monte Station: Martin Durazo

Sometimes it's the energetic feel of a place that characterizes it, rather than its physical landmarks. Artist Martin Durazo captures El Monte's vibrancy in his abstract public mur ...
Murals at El Monte Station: Phung Huynh

Murals at El Monte Station: Phung Huynh

Artist Phung Huynh's El Monte Bus Station mural tells of cross-cultural, Asian and Latino history and the importance of engaging local community with sensitivity and relevance.
Murals at El Monte Station: Vincent Ramos

Murals at El Monte Station: Vincent Ramos

Artist Vincent Ramos narrates the legacy of El Monte Legion Stadium in a four-panel mural at the El Monte Bus Station. With bold graphic qualities of a concert poster, and the inti ...
A Community Erased: Japanese Americans in El Monte and the San Gabriel Valley

A Community Erased: Japanese Americans in El Monte and the San Gabriel Valley

Today, there is almost no evidence of the Japanese American community that played such an important role in the early twentieth century development of El Monte and the San Gabriel ...
The Trees of Chico Avenue

The Trees of Chico Avenue

These photos reveals the widely varied landscape found along the approximately mile-long street in South El Monte, and situates Chico Avenue as a kind of microcosm of the city's co ...
All the Zumba Ladies: Reclaiming Bodies and Space through Serious Booty-Shaking

All the Zumba Ladies: Reclaiming Bodies and Space through Serious Booty-Shaking

Women who practice Zumba in El Monte have developed and embodied a kind of barrio feminist aesthetic that helps them reclaim their bodies and public space.
The Starlite Swap Meet

The Starlite Swap Meet

The space occupied by Starlite Swap Meet in South El Monte can best be described as a void in the urban landscape, only becoming a place upon the arrival of the people who occupy i ...
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