Viviana is a Mexican photographer and a visual storyteller. She earned her BA in Visual Arts from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico in 2014. She attended the Narrative Photography workshop taught by the Magnum agency at the University of Texas in 2016. She completed the continuing education program in Art Anthropology taught by the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in 2018. She recently attended a production and research based residency in Oaxaca, Mexico.
I’m a visual storyteller. I do photography with and without a camera. During my childhood my family was nomadic. We constantly migrated from the city and once from the country. Being an immigrant living in the United States together with these transitions in my personal history, aroused a curiosity about the biological and cyclical processes that occur in nature and on the landscape. Through poetry, self-publication and mixed media installations I try to generate dialogues about the passage of time, memory, the inevitable cycle of life, and our relationship with the natural environment. I have recently redirected my photography projects beyond the convention of creating singular images to create collages and mixed media installations. I have gradually collected public domain images, vernacular photographs, and physical objects from my surrounding areas, such as pieces of asphalt, clay, and stones. Through digital and analog alchemy I transfer images to the objects that I’ve collected. The action of collecting allowed me to begin to generate another type of personal memory.