Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures
Sep 16, 2023 - Jan 7, 2024
Multiple Exposures presents a survey of the work of Christina Fernandez, a crucially important Los Angeles-based artist, who has spent more than 30 years in an exploration of gender, labor, migration, and her Mexican American identity through photographic storytelling.
This landmark exhibition surveys the work of Christina Fernandez, the crucially important Los Angeles-based artist who has spent 30 years in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican American identity, and the unique capacities of the photographic medium itself. Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures brings together the artist’s most important bodies of works for the first time, allowing audiences to discover the threads that connect them, both formal and conceptual. Through work that spans decades, Fernandez compels us to reconsider history, the border, and the real lives that cross and inhabit them.
Organized by UCR ARTS and curated by Joanna Szupinska, senior curator at the California Museum of Photography. SMoCA presentation organized by Keshia Turley, assistant curator. Chon Noriega, Distinguished Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at University of California, Los Angeles was curatorial advisor. Major support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional publication support provided by AltaMed Health Services and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
Christina Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based photographer who explores her personal connection to LA throughout her body of works. The city and its environs are featured as an important backdrop for her works that address labor, gender, migration, and her Mexican–American identity. Working in documentary format, her urban and landscape photography conveys social and political commentaries regarding her immediate environment.
Fernandez holds an MFA from the California Institute of Arts and a BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and is in the permanent collections of the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Antonio Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art; the USC/Fischer Gallery; and the Williams College Museum of Art. Fernandez was the artist in residence at the Centro de la Imagen, D. F., Mexico.
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