Education

2021 MFA in Photography and Media, spec in Integrated Media. California Inst. of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA.

2018 MA in Visual and Critical Studies. School of the Art Inst of Chicago (SAIC). Chicago, IL.

2009 MA in Spanish, Literature Emphasis. University of Iowa (UIowa). Iowa City, IA.

2006 BA in Literature (Licenciatura en Letras), Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Caracas, Venezuela.

Curatorial-Related Experience

Film Juror, The Fine Arts Film Festival. Dec 2021 - Present 

Assistant curator and programming manager, re:connections.  Jun - Ago 2021

Co-Curator, The Feminist Subject, Matters; dialogues on feminist art with LatinX and Latin American Artists. 2021. 

Coordinator, Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture.CalArts, 2020-2021. 

Journalism and Media Fellow, Arts in a Changing America Fellowship. Los Angeles, 2019-2020. 

Curatorial Researcher, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL | January -May 2018  

Graduate Ambassador–Bilingual Caller SAIC. | August 2016-May 2017

Photo & Video-Related Experience

Photography Editor, Fnewsmagazine, SAIC. | February 2017- May 2018

  • Managed and assigned freelance photography assignments

  • Photographed events, write captions, produce videos, slideshows and audio.

Freelance Photographer | June 2010- Present

  • For-hire photographer publishing in print and online newspapers and magazines

  • Write captions, produce slideshows, audio and video

​Staff Photographer, The Daily Iowan. Iowa City, IA | June 2010-August 2012

  • Photographer for print and online student run newspaper and magazines

  • Wrote captions, produced slideshows, audio and video

  • Photographed social, political and sports events

Teaching-Related Experience

CalArts, Department of Photography + Media | August 2019-May 2020

  • TA of Queer Critique Potluck (Kaucyila Brooke)

  • TA of The Garden Seminar (Kaucyila Brooke)

​SAIC, Department of Photography | August 2017-May 2018

  • TA of Adv Post-Prod/Fine Art Printing (Matt Gehring)

  • TA of Lighting Fundamentals (Lewis Toby)

  • TA of Intro to Photographic Image Making (Catherine Gass)

  • TA of Intro to Photographic Image Making (Jessica L Pierotti)

​National Latino Education Institute, Chicago, IL | 2017

  • ESL Instructor Level I & Level II

​Univ. of Iowa, Dept. of Spanish, Iowa City, IA | August 2007-June 2011

  • TA of Spanish Advanced/Intermediate Level I & Level II

  • Writing Center Fellow

  • TA of the Spanish and Hispanic Living & Learning Community

Solo Exhibitions

  • Los Imaginarios de la IdentidadCalArts, Los Angeles. CA. April, 2021. Solo exhibition of series of 6-foot tall photomontages prints using the paper currency of Venezuela and photojournalistic coverage of the hyperinflation, political conflict, censorship, struggles with covid-19, LGBTQ rights, and social collapse.

  • Tropical Fetish, Gallery D301, California Institute of the Arts , Los Angeles. CA. Jan, 2020. Solo Mid-Residency exhibition, with multichannel video installation exhibition, art installation, screen prints.  

  • El Jardin de Delicias, Center for Integrated Media, Los Angeles. CA. Nov 2019. Multichannel video installation exhibition and performance focused on the queer Latino/Latin American male body and its relationship with cultural-historical references of passing and disguised discourses of affection.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Postgraduate exhibition, at Tin Flats Los Angeles Peer-organized and curated by Audrey Min of the Koreatown, Los Angeles gallery, Commonwealth and Council. The prompt to reflect on their artistic practice in the past two years—before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic—elicited 19 responses from participants. Introduced by Tatum Howey (MFA 21, Writing), the artist book re:connections offers unique insights into process: from research materials and correspondence, to in-progress and finished works.

Exhibition highlighting projects created during 2020, CalArts Expo annually presented work by over 500 artists in 21 venues throughout campus, including installations, concerts, dance, electronic performances, theater portfolios, projections, films, artist talks, and multimedia exhibitions. 

Group exhibition showcasing work by ten selected artists from the  MFA in Photography and Media program at CalArts. 

Exhibition that examines bodies in space through a re-negotiation of the ways in which we are read and received by the world around us. Through looking at notions of responsibility, representation, and modes of performativity, offering critical and celebratory responses and actions.

Exhibition focused and rooted in queered, racialized and sexualized bodies, roleplay, sadomasochism and sadism and the agency of the ‘other’ and ‘othered’ bodies. This exhibition investigated the power situated within the abject, primarily through queerness. With a focus on the combination of death and eroticism, ‘looking’ at the ‘othered’ body and the imperative implication of the ‘gaze’ in creating visual media. With a focus on the inherent power and alluded attraction to the perverse, the sexual and the violent.

Awards

  • Nick England Intercultural Arts Project Grant (ICAP). CalArts 2020-2021

  • CalArts Board of Trustees Approved Endowment Fund Scholarship. CalArts. 2020-2021

  • CalArts Creative Practice Grant. 2021

  • Bartman Award. CalArts, School of Art. 2020

  • ArtChangeUS Fellow Grants. Arts in a Changing America. 2020

  • The Lillian Disney Scholarships, for MFA in Visual Arts. CalArts. 2019-2021

  • William H. Ahmanson Endowed Scholarship. Ahmanson Foundation. 2019-2021

  • The Stephen Ian Reinstein Scholarships, for Visual Arts. Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles. 2019-2021

Publications

• re:connections. 2021. Limited edition catalogue (300)

Artist book for the exhibition  re:connections, at Tin Flats, Los Angeles. CA. Aug 5th - 31th 2021

• Take Care, 2019. Limited edition book release (100)

Exhibition catalogue of: Take Care, at Ground Level Platform, Chicago. IL. May 10th - 25th 2019

• Art + Activism; exhibition catalogue  2019.

Catalogue conceptualization as Arts in a Changing America (ArtChangeUS) fellow for the Art + Activism exhibition.

• Genterara; arte, cultura y disidencia sexual. #9. Vzla, 2014. 

Digital publication on art, culture and sexual dissidence.

http://raragenterara.blogspot.com/p/numeros-anteriores.html

 

Artist Books

•  re:connections. 2021 Limited edition artist book (100)

Artist book. Part of the CalArts Artist Book Collection and the Flash Library of Artist Books at SAIC.

•  Canon. 2017

Artist book. Part of the Artist Book Special Collections at the John M. Flaxman Library at SAIC.

•  Unpublishable. 2017

Artist book. Part of the CalArts Artist Book Collection and the Flash Library of Artist Books at SAIC.