Peters Projects of Santa Fe is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of work by Santa Fe artist Cara Romero titled EVERYWHEN: Indigenous Photoscapes, to open June 8, 2018, 5-7pm.
Born in Inglewood, California, Romero was raised on the Chemehuevi Valley Indian reservation in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The Chemehuevi people believe the Creator is a female deity, and the power of the female spirit is an integral part of their society. This sentiment resonates throughout Romero’s photographs, where strong female native figures take center stage.
I am deeply committed to making work that addresses Native American social issues and changes the way people perceive Native Americans, especially Native women, in contemporary society. If we want respect, love and beauty among us and others, we must actively promote it through art. I realized that a photograph is such a powerful way for me to communicate. I am a modern indigenous person who lives amidst pop culture from a rural reservation –that is my identity and it’s a really unique perspective to communicate across cultures. Most of my photographs are intrinsically indigenous, while at the same time they speak to our collective human condition. I like to hone in on modern depictions of where we are at now, in the present day, making sure to always respect cultural protocol and our ancestral ties. – Cara Romero
Romero’s photographs offer a complex understanding of contemporary Native life. By intertwining fine art and documentary-style photography, with an understanding of commercial photography, the images she creates are stunning and often playful social commentary. Her photographs combine traditional Native iconography and tradition through a contemporary perspective, and the results are complex and nuanced.
Romero’s work incorporates and reflects her training in film, digital, fine art, journalism, editorial portraiture and commercial photography. She shows at both the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Art Market. She has won several awards including ribbons at both major markets and the “Visions for the Future” award from the Native American Rights Fund. Romero’s work is in the collections of THE Nelson-Adkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; the Crocker Museum. Sacramento, CA; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM; the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM to name a few plus many Private Collections both nationally and internationally.
For more information please contact Mark Del Vecchio, Director, 505-954-5748, firstname.lastname@example.org