Culture - NOMINEE: Adriana Monsalve
Entre Orillas / Between Edges
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My art is rooted in the ethics of documentary photography. I don't alter what is, and I won't enhance what isn't. Beauty is in the subtlety of the every day and in the nuance of the unusual. The act of meeting, exchanging, and capturing; births a relationship that I have devoted my life to repeating. With my project, I challenge audiences to loosen their grip on definite ideas; while welcoming the subject to take up as much space as ultimately possible. In doing this, the subject then fills out the edges of a story we've lived so many times, and continue repeating. I am covering border stories of migration and immigration through layers and dimensions of the in between.
Entre Orillas, is about the development and building of a strong relationship of trust, and knowledge exchange, encouraged through the close collaboration of subjects and photographer. The project parallels many individual stories united by border and migration themes. I am focused on topics and ideas that are central to my identity and experience. This act of cohesive and parallel storytelling is broadening the narrative on themes too often shown in one dimension. Entre Orillas, is creating a safe space to speak on transnational ideas about the borderlands.
Adriana Monsalve is an artist and collaborative publisher working in the photobook medium. Along with Caterina Ragg, Monsalve is co-founder of Homie House Press, a radical cooperative platform that challenges the ever-changing forms of storytelling with image and text. The works of Homie House Press have been collected in the Library of Congress, Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, among other, private collections.
Within her photographic practice, Monsalve is a storyteller and visual communicator who produces in-depth stories on identity through the nuances in between. As a daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean Republic of Colombia, she has struggled with the concept of 'home.'
“I am documenting to show you something I’ve found and ultimately, something I am. I’m documenting so you know I was here.” -Monsalve
Adriana Monsalve earned a Masters in Photojournalism with high distinction from the University of Westminster. She was awarded the Lucie Independent Photo Book Prize for her collaborative photo book, Femme Frontera, a project which was funded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and was part of the Master Artist Grant of 2017.