Tamara Becerra Valdez is an artist based in Chicago, Illinois. She utilizes artistic research through a personal and distinct photographic, sculptural and performative practice influenced by land-based poetics and the close observation of everyday life. She restages artifacts, seizes overlooked moments and maintains a desire to honor forgotten information and expression found in the urban vernacular. The ephemeral nature of human behavior leaves an impression in her work.
The acts of documenting — as photographing, note taking, sound recording, sorting and archiving are essential components to her art practice. Photography has been the foremost medium through which to capture the process and effects of duration, time and temporality in her performative works. In bridging disciplines of archival research, archaeology, and visual arts, her practice blends intuition with inquiry and affect with historical and contemporary analysis.
In 2017, she will begin her Master of Fine Arts in the Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As a Graduate Research Fellow at UIC, she will join the multidisciplinary initiative Humanities Without Walls to support artistic and creative direction in the new project, “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene”.