Tamara Becerra Valdez uses video, printmaking, photography, and installation that is informed by archaeology, ethnography, and archives. She observes the meaning and function of discarded and abandoned materials to consider how historical topographies arise through traces in the urban social landscape. The ephemeral nature of human behavior leaves an impression in her work.
Valdez is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago MFA program (2019). Her work has been screened and exhibited at Gallery 400, Comfort Station, filmfront, and Sector 2337 as part of the 2018 Lit & Luz Festival. She has held positions in programming and special collections at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and the Harry Ransom Center. She has been an artist-in-residence at ACRE Projects and Human Sciences. From 2017-2019, Valdez served as a Graduate Research Fellow supervising the artistic and creative direction in the collaborative, multi-disciplinary project, “Political Ecology: Platform Chicago,” supported by the Institute for the Humanities (UIC) Humanities Without Walls consortium and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Image: Tamara Becerra Valdez, NENO at Cullerton and Throop St. (Second Geographies), 2018, Video still