Observers at Blazquez’s opening for  Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication ,  Salon El Zaguán , 2019.        Statement for Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication    Portraiture allows me to investigate humanity.  Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication  targets Latino signifiers on the New Mexican landscape. Too often New Mexico is spotlighted for culturally appropriated Native American art as New Mexicans are neglected. By highlighting New Mexican counterculture and street culture totems, this project aims to eliminate the structure that separates the Southwestern Latino sphere from American photography today. As New Mexico presents an ignored demography, I argue lens-based technology exhibits contemporary  Nuevo Mexicanismo  (New Mexicanism) in its truest form. Observing New Mexican style living spaces, fashion, and iconography in pictures—an audience can initiate an authentic perspective of what it means to exist as Latino in a post-Gadsden Purchase American Southwest.

Observers at Blazquez’s opening for Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication, Salon El Zaguán, 2019.

Statement for Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication

Portraiture allows me to investigate humanity. Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication targets Latino signifiers on the New Mexican landscape. Too often New Mexico is spotlighted for culturally appropriated Native American art as New Mexicans are neglected. By highlighting New Mexican counterculture and street culture totems, this project aims to eliminate the structure that separates the Southwestern Latino sphere from American photography today. As New Mexico presents an ignored demography, I argue lens-based technology exhibits contemporary Nuevo Mexicanismo (New Mexicanism) in its truest form. Observing New Mexican style living spaces, fashion, and iconography in pictures—an audience can initiate an authentic perspective of what it means to exist as Latino in a post-Gadsden Purchase American Southwest.

 

Contact: blazquez.frank@gmail.com

Instagram: @and_frank13

Frank Blazquez (b. Chicago, IL) is a Mexican American artist-photographer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Emphasizing themes of Latino marginalization, Blazquez photographs the New Mexican counter-narrative. His portraits have been displayed at SITE Santa Fe, 516 ARTS, and The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Additionally, Blazquez created and directed the YouTube documentary series Duke City Diaries. This project highlights individual stories from the streets of Albuquerque.

Blazquez received a BA in History with distinction from the University of New Mexico and holds an American Board of Opticianry Certification.

Press

The Guardian

VICE México (English translation with Google Chrome)

The Huffington Post

Santa Fe Reporter

University of New Mexico

The Albuquerque Journal

KRQE Television