Bio

Beatriz Bellorin is a Venezuelan-American photo and video based artist and documentary filmmaker who uses the archive to examine narratives related to memory, displacement and identity. Her artistic practice combines anthropological research and autobiography to delve into the way these documents overlap, interconnect, and confuse notions of memory evoked by emotional and collective aspects of social issues. She holds a BA in sociology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela) and a MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. She studied photography at the Nelson Garrido Organization (Caracas) and participated in the artistic training program Ecosistema de Afectos (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Selected group and solo shows include Holocaust Museum Houston, Post, Houston, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Aperture Foundation, Museum Fine Arts Houston in the traveling group exhibition of Latin American Photobooks and Espacio MAD, Caracas. Beatriz work has been featured in publications such as Visions of Motherhood, La fotografía impresa en Venezuela, Sur- Revista de foto libros latinoamericanos and Clap 10x10: Contemporary Latin American Photobooks 2000-2016. She is co-founder of Automático Films, Foco Sustentable, Centro Lyra, organizations aimed at promoting sustainable development and storytelling for at-risk populations. in Latin America. She lives and work in Houston.

Statement

I use personal and collective archives toquestion social narratives about memory,identity, migration, and displacement, with a focus on their emotional impact.I explore the psychological and social implications across various collectiveand intimate contexts, documenting, organizing, and categorizing repetitivesequences of gestures, events, or phenomena. Drawing from my own experiences, Iinvestigate the memories embedded within materials and objects.

Primarily usingphotography and video, I transform traditional prints into diversecompositions, incorporating materials such as fabrics, vintage objects, data,and acetates to evoke the ephemeral nature of time and memory. These fragmentedmoments blur the lines between past and present. Photography, video art,installations, performances, and books serve as platforms to pose questions oncollective and intimate issues.

I assemble anddeconstruct fragments from the collective imaginary to create my ownaudiovisual grammar, aiming to recognize the universal within the individual.The interplay between fragments in my work is intentionally multifaceted,inviting interpretations that complement, contradict, and resonate in diverseways. My work stems from a nostalgic place, engaging with themes of loss andtransformation. More recently, by exploring archives as spaces that bothconceal and reveal, I aim to uncover overlooked layers of women's experiencesand the profound changes they undergo.

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