Tamara Becerra Valdez explores the creative potential of the everyday landscape, found narratives, and human behavior. Currently, her research focuses on the value of the citizen photographer in public archives in order to address an ongoing investigation of the power of the archivist and the governing of what is said or unsaid, recorded or unrecorded. She is completing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a Graduate Research Fellow at UIC, she supervises the artistic and creative direction in the collaborative, multidisciplinary project and upcoming exhibition (2019), “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene,” supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium.
She has held positions in special collections at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C., Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX. She completed field-based, ethnographic work for projects in Texas, Mississippi, Illinois, and states in Mexico. Over the span of 8 years, she has performed alongside curators, artists, and researchers who are at the forefront of their respected fields in documentary studies, archival theory, and artist-driven programming. Since 2015, Valdez’s imprint, LOS LIBROS DEL FUTURO, has served as an outlet for sharing a range of influences for her practice such as photography, genealogy, pop culture, and ephemera.