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 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 separating the Southwest Latinx sphere from American photography. As New Mexico presents an ignored demography, I argue lens-based art exhibits contemporary  Nuevo Mexicanismo  (New Mexicanism) in its truest form. Observing New Mexican style living spaces, fashion, and iconography in pictures allows audiences an authentic perspective on what it means to exist 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 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 separating the Southwest Latinx sphere from American photography. As New Mexico presents an ignored demography, I argue lens-based art exhibits contemporary Nuevo Mexicanismo (New Mexicanism) in its truest form. Observing New Mexican style living spaces, fashion, and iconography in pictures allows audiences an authentic perspective on what it means to exist 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 utilizing the still and movement-image. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Blazquez focuses on today's New Mexican counter-narrative. His portraits have been displayed at SITE Santa Fe, History Colorado Center, 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.

In 2018, Blazquez received a BA in History with distinction from the University of New Mexico.

Publications & 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