Nikki by Cara Romero
This photographic portrait of Nikki was the invitation piece in our 2015 photography exhibition ‘CAPTURED‘. That large scale, limited edition of five digital photographic prints sold out. Five years on people are still talking about this image and so Cara agreed to create this UK limited edition of just twenty five signed prints in a smaller size:
Artist: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi)
UK signed limited edition of 25
paper size: 38cm x 33cm
image size: 30.5cm x 26.4cm
“Iconic photographic images of Native Americans that pervade mainstream fine art collections have been captured mostly by non-Natives. Today, more Native Peoples are crossing the “digital divide”, as well as, socio-economic gaps to begin mastering the techniques of film and digital media. And here is a revolutionary show, “Captured” that brings together a powerhouse of indigenous photographers creating works that flip the stereotypical images on their heads. They are authentic, diverse, and offer an unparalleled glimpse into Native stories and lives of Native peoples.
There is a certain trust that is evoked between the subjects and photographers. The subjects are safe to express themselves and not be exploited. It is a subtly that is hard to articulate, but can be observed ever so powerfully in these photographs.” CR 2015
Cara Romero is a born visual storyteller with a distinctive lens shaped by years of study, a visceral Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural memory, collective history, her own personal experience and a compassionate and keen sense of visual narrativity. Romero is the proud mother of two boys, Paris and Noel, the wife of the dynamic and highly regarded contemporary Pueblo artist Diego Romero, and the daughter of a Chemehuevi father and a German-Irish mother. Romero studied photography at both the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Oklahoma State University and studied cultural anthropology at the University of Houston.
Her photography – a mélange of fine art and documentary-style – is a sometimes whimsical, often complex interplay of social commentary, adaptation and examination of modern culture with a distinctly modern Indigenous world view. It is multi-layered, meant to be experienced from a multi-verse of perspectives and invites viewers – mainstream and connoisseurs of Indian art alike – to enter into its nuanced visual architecture with an open mind, and a willingness to abandon pre-conceived notions about Native art, culture, and peoples.
“Native American art is as diverse as our people. Photography is a newly emerging art form for contemporary Native American artists who are creating groundbreaking, heart clenching work from deep inside our indigenous identities, cultures and landscapes.” CR