Sandra de la Loza

I began the process of creating work for this project by sifting through family photos. My parents, born in Los Angeles, came of age during the Zootsuit/Pachuco era of the late 1940s and experienced the over-handed Americanization programs in public schools designed to erase traces of 'Mexican-ness.'

I became intrigued by how my parents’ generation began to show themselves in photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s. Within the poses, I saw the apparent adaptation of hegemonic definitions of home and family. However, viewing these photos in hindsight, I was also aware of the internal tensions and conflicts brewing beneath the surface. The question of what the photo did not tell became the guiding question in my exploration of 'family stories.'

I want to explore the language, both visual and oral, that my family and community have created from their place in the world, to allow a representation that is as dense, thick and multi-layered as the landscape we navigate through.

Sandra de la Loza was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She studied Latin American history and culture at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 1989-1990 and earned a B.A. in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. She is currently completing her M.F.A. at California State University, Long Beach. De la Loza is dedicated to being an artist, activist, and educator, often bridging all three roles in her work. She is the organizer of public art forums and a member of the arts collective, Arts in Action. Previously, de la Loza served as co-editor of the underground magazine La Neta and as board member for the Aztlan Cultural Arts Foundation. She has taught art in Los Angeles schools and has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York.

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