About

Born in 1993 Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Live and work in New York City.

Vera Saldivar de Lira is a lens based artist born and raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where She completed her undergrad degree in Architecture in 2017. After freelancing in Architecture for a few months, She then enrolled in the One Year Certificate in Creative Practices at the International Center of Photography in New York City, wich she completed in 2018, before enrolling into the ICP- Bard MFA program. Growing up in a conservative and overprotective home, She really never had the freedom to go out to photograph or develop her interest in the arts, as a result of this, She developed a fear for the crowds and open spaces, also known as Agoraphobia, that She later started exploring and challenging through her work.

Influenced by her studies in Architecture, She brought into view her relationship with open spaces and urban environments, particullarly by walking through them. Also influenced by Walter Benjamin’s unfinished book The Arcades Project and Charles Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil  She examines shifting through spaces, Flaneurism, and wandering through cities and landscapes and stranging herself from public spaces.

Her works talk about fragmentation of personality and consciousness by exploring the materiality of photography through chemical processes, in camera performances and printing experiments; recently more focused on the way we record, handle and discard information; what is the role of space and movement and the body when making imprints or documenting actions.­

 


Education

2020;  MFA, The International Center of Photography - Bard College, New York, NY

2018;  General Studies in Photography One Year Certificate, International Center of Photography, New York, NY.

2017;  BA Architecture, ITESM, Aguascalientes, MX.

 


Awards & Honours

2020;  ICP Director’s Fellowship, International Center of Photography - Bard College, New York, NY.

2018;  ICP Arnold Newman Scholarship, International Center of Photography, New York, NY.


Exhibitions

2015

// 6x6 collective show, Barra Libre de Poesía, Aguascalientes, MX

2017

// Women in the Arts collective show, Casa el Naranjo, Aguascalientes, MX. (curated by Colectivo Sinhué)

2018

// Signal Crossings,  The International Center of Photography School, New York, NY. (curated by Cynthia Young and Mamie Heldman)


2019

// Nadie es Profeta en su Tierra, Galería del Centro de Artes Visuales, Aguascalientes, MX. (Collaboration for Enrique López Llamas)

// Blurred Borders Instagram collective Show, The International Center of Photography School, New York, NY. (curated by Dane Rhys & Gabriel Munhoz)


Press