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Opening: Land, Body & Archive

September 8, 2023, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Land, Body & Archive, an exhibition by Southwest Photo Collaborative

On view: August 28–September 22, 2023
Opening reception: September 8, 5-7 pm

John Sommers Gallery at the University of New Mexico is proud to present Land, Body & Archive, an exhibition by current MFA students from the University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona. This exhibition speaks to the practices of thirteen artists in the midst of excavating and alchemizing their visions alongside one another. Member curators Nathan Cordova, Emma Ressel, and li rothrock share,

“The works selected eviscerate the boundaries between how our individual photography practices examine relationships to Land, Body, and Archive. The artists employ storytelling, collage, and the recontextualization of imagery to challenge dominant narratives, borders, histories, and ourselves. This conjunctive presentation connects the nodes of our experiences across the American Southwest to underscore our collective concerns and create an experience to encounter photography, each other, and the world anew.”

Art History Ph.D. student Marina Perez writes, “Through Land, Body, and Archive we bear witness to changing landscapes/waterways, family/community memory, and the embodiment of ritual. At stake is the negotiation of identity, positionality, and relationships with human and non-human relatives.”

Participating Artists:
Jacqueline Arias, Nathan Cordova, Zoë Gleitsman, claudia hermano, Mehrdad Mirzaie, Richard Pence, Elizabeth Piñeda, Emma Ressel, Francis Reynolds, li rothrock, Anna Rotty, Brianna Tadeo, & Nicholas Valdés


September 8, 2023
5:00 pm—7:00 pm
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John Sommers Gallery
1 University Blvd, Bldg 84, Rm 202
Albuquerque, NM
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