Visitors Center exhibit "Lost Cultures: The Aztecs" opens March 24
Posted: 03/11/2008
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A photography exhibit celebrating the descendants of an ancient and highly accomplished civilization titled "Lost Cultures: The Aztecs" will open March 24 at The University of Texas-Pan American Visitors Center.

Pictured is one of the black and white photographs in the "Lost Cultures: The Aztecs" exhibition that opens March 24 in the UTPA Visitors Center.
Documentary photographer Wesley Billingslea has used his skills to focus on raising awareness about a culture that has been forgotten and misunderstood through his striking collection of black and photo photographs and the personal stories of this indigenous people - the Mexihcahs. This collaborative effort, Billingslea explains, allows the Mexihcahs to voice their own truth about their history, culture and the present day human rights struggle they face to be recognized as important members of society.

Billingslea spent nearly five years of research in and around Mexico City, site of the ancient Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, to complete his documentary work, resulting in an exhibit that provides a new perspective on a remarkable and dominate culture during the 15th and 16th centuries.

In January 2007, Billingslea's WesleyImages, in partnership with Teotl Publishing, launched the book "Lost Culture: The Aztecs" - the first of six books Billingslea will publish focusing on raising awareness of this and other indigenous cultures.

The exhibit opening will kick off FESTIBA 2008 - a weeklong celebration of the arts and literacy at UTPA held March 24-29 culminating in Community Day on March 29 providing activities for family members of all ages. For a complete list of FESTIBA events go to

The exhibit "Lost Cultures: The Aztecs" is open to the public free of charge until June 1, 2008. The Visitors Center hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For special accommodations or to arrange a tour, call 956/292-7338.