Family & Community Archives

Unmasked: Imprints and Impressions of a Calendar Year

"Unmasked" contains poems and watercolors made from the start of national orders to shelter in place in March 2020 to March 2021, one year later. It chronicles life events in memory and in time during days and months of COVID-19 in southern Arizona. The project weaves together these reflections as a meditation of solitude, grief, hope, and healing.

About the Artist

Dr. Bahti is retired faculty at the University of Arizona, where she developed and published new regional frameworks for interpreting Latinx art and photography. Her family history on the U.S.-Mexico border dates from her paternal great-grandfather’s 1901 arrival in Cananea, Sonora and her grandfather’s 1918 transfer to Nogales, Arizona.