Sandra de la Loza|
(b. Los Angeles, USA).
Sandra de la Loza's work takes the self as site to explore the colliding points of personal history and hegemonic constructions of race, gender and class. Through numerous strategies, she investigate social violences within the realm of language and representation. Although her work shifts across mediums (photography, installation, public interventions, digital media), her struggle to simultaneously dismantle reductive, flat and fixed representations while searching for a visual language that permits shifting and complex portrayals remains constant.
de la Loza was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She studied Latin American history and culture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and earned a B.A. in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her M.F.A. at California State University, Long Beach in 2004. De la Loza is dedicated to being an artist, activist, and educator, often bridging all three roles in her work. She is the co-founder of Arts and Action, a space dedicated to generating artistic and political dialogue and action. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work is displayed inside and outside of traditional arts forums.
Her most recent group shows include: 2004, The October Surprise, Los Angeles; 2004, View from the East, Class C Gallery, The California Biennial; 2003,Que Te La Laves, Gallery 727 in conjunction with Fotoseptiembre organized by the Centro de la Imagen; 2002, Democracy When?, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
In this 2004 interview writer Jennifer Flores Sternad speaks to the artist about the expanding understanding of Chicano art and identity as well her interest in the archive of forgotten or occluded histories in Los Angeles.