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Cara Romero

In a photographic practice that blends documentary and commercial aesthetics, Cara Romero, an enrolled citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, creates stories that draw from intertribal knowledge to expose the fissures and fusions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural memory, collective history, and futurity. Romero has held solo exhibitions in the US, UK, and Germany. Her recent group exhibitions include Our Selves: Photographs by Women Photographers, MoMA, and Water in Memories, Metropolitan Museum of Art (both NYC, 2022). Her public art projects include #TONGVALAND in Los Angeles with NDN Collective (2021); Restoration: Now or Never, Save Art Space, London (2020), and Desert X, Coachella Valley (2019). Her work will be included in the forthcoming exhibition The Land Carries our Ancestors: Contemporary Native Artists, curated by Juan Quick-to-See-Smith, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Widely collected, Romero's photographs are in private and public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Romero was raised between the rural Chemeheuvi reservation in California's Mojave Desert and the urban sprawl of Houston. She is based in Santa Fe.