Tamara Becerra Valdez (b. 1984 Corpus Christi, Texas) is a visual artist working across many disciplines including video, photography, performance and printed matter. In bridging disciplines of archival research, ethnography and visual arts, her practice blends intuition and inquiry; affect with historical and contemporary analysis. Valdez explores ways in which we preserve memory, recover personal histories and share narratives. She restages artifacts and reveals overlooked and forgotten details found in the vernacular. Valdez has worked alongside staff in museum collections and special initiatives at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. In 2015, she co-founded LOS LIBROS DEL FUTURO. 

becerravaldez@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

2014   University of Texas at Austin — Graduate Seminar Archive & Ephemera

2012   Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine — Native Texas Medicinals

2010   Southwest School of Art & Craft — Advanced Metals

2008   University of Texas at Austin — BFA in Studio Art and Anthropology

2007   Ox-Bow School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

EXHIBITIONS

2016

Your Name Is Mine, Companion Gallery; Austin, Texas (solo exhibition)

Welcome Home, Studium; Austin, Texas (initiative with Refugee Services of Texas)

100 Views new works by Kevin McNamee Tweed and special guests, Lower Left; Austin, Texas

2015

Araki/Huidobro El Doble De Mí Mismo, Museo de la Ciudad; Querétaro, Qro, México (curatorial support with artists Luis Safa and Nando Murio)

The Schizophone Calling Son Jarocho, SEM Sounding Board, Companion Gallery; Austin, Texas

Just Some Me Time, Museum of Human Achievement; Austin, Texas

Young Latino Artists 20: Within Reach, Mexic-Arte Museum; Austin, Texas

New Works with Jesse Kees, Lower Left; Austin, Texas*

2014

The Bureau of Memories: Archives & Ephemera, The Schizophonic Archive,  HIERARCHY; Washington D.C

For you, unearthed, the dirt, my hands, Common House Gallery; Austin, Texas*

2013  

Layers, Museum Of Human Achievement; Austin, Texas

Closing, Wardenclyffe Gallery; Austin, Texas

In Spite Of, Holland Project Gallery; Reno, Nevada

PUBLIC ACCESS, MASS Gallery; Austin, Texas

RESIDENCIES

2016            ACRE Resident Artist

2016            Human Sciences Resident Artist in Education: LOS LIBROS DEL FUTURO

LECTURES / WORKSHOPS / PRESENTATIONS

2016            La Figura de lo Cotidiano / The Figure of the Everyday, Workshop, Studium; Austin, Texas 

2016            In Conversation: LOS LIBROS DEL FUTURO, Artist Talk, Studium; Austin, Texas

2015            Proyección: Chulas Fronteras, Artist Talk (with Luis Safa), Little Mule Studio/Búro Búro; Mexico City, Mexico

2015            Social Media + New Practices in Documentation and Exhibition, Panelist with Jennifer Joy Jameson and Mary Margaret White in conjunction with The New Southern Cultural Workers Summit; Como, Mississippi

2015            Curatorial Practice + Contemporary Works: Engaging Folklore & Southern Cultures in Studio Practice, Artist Talk with Brit Hessler in conjunction with The New Southern Cultural Workers Summit; Como, Mississippi

2015            Recalling Memory Through Sound and Object, Workshop in conjunction with group exhibition YLA 20: Within Reach, Mexic-Arte Museum; Austin, Texas  

2015            AIGA: UNDER THE RADAR Design and Lecture Series, Artist Talk, AIGA; Austin, Texas** 

2011            Art of the People: Thinking Through the Pink Flamingo, Guest Lecturer, WKU Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology; Bowling Green, Kentucky

2011            Domesticana: The Entanglement of Rasquachismo and the Discourse of Kitsch in the Mexican-American Home, Paper Presentation, American Folklore Society Annual Meetings; Bloomington, Indiana

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016- present   Digital Editor, MAC: Mississippi Folklife; Jackson, Mississippi

2016- present   Co-Founder, LOS LIBROS DEL FUTURO; Mexico City, Mexico

2014- 2015      Digital Collections Assistant, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library & Museum; Austin, Texas

2014- present   Collective Member, The Schizophone Project

2014-2015       Instructor, Mexican American Cultural Center; Austin, Texas

2014            Research Coordinator, Texas Folklife; Austin, Texas

2012- 2016      Designer, Botanicals Folklorica

2010- 2012      Library Assistant I: Special Collections, Harry Ransom Center; Austin, Texas

2010- 2011      Curatorial Assistant, Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage; Washington, D.C.

PRESS / INTERVIEWS

SELECTED PRESS / INTERVIEWS

PRINT            

2017    Archive of Absurd Collected Papers + Feelings: Tamara Becerra Valdez, Women Artists, Vol. 4, (Spring forthcoming).

2016    Interview with Jen Vitale, TIDE gazette by Association, November 24.

2015    Nancy Flores, Inside the studio of artist and herbalist Tamara Becerra Valdez, Austin American Statesman, July 12.

        Caitlin Greenwood, Tamara Becerra Valdez and Jesse Kees at Lower Left Gallery, The Austin Chronicle, March 5.

ONLINE

2016    Claire Cottrell, A Conversation with Tamara Becerra Valdez in Mexico City, Book Stand, June 11.

        The Curve Report: La Jefa, NBC Universal, May 29.

        Rebecca Marino, Q + A with LOS LIBROS DEL FUTURO, Conflict of Interest, May 18.

2015    Creative People To Watch: What Creative Austinites Plan To Do In 2016, Austin American Statesman, December 28.

        Emily Cross, Humans In Studios: Tamara Becerra Valdez, Humans In Studios blog, February 25.

2013    HOTBOX Podcast: Jill Pangallo Talks with Tamara Becerra Valdez, MASS Gallery, July 22.

 

two person exhibition

** first invited female/Latinx speaker in AIGA series- Austin chapter