The San Bernardino County Museum
“Homecoming: Works by Cara Romero” opens at the County Museum
Fine art photographer Chemehuevi reinterprets Native American identity
The San Bernardino County Museum is pleased to present Homecoming: Works by Cara Romero, May 12 through August 14, 2022. Romero is a contemporary fine art photographer and a registered citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. She was raised between contrasting environments: the rural Chemehuevi Reservation in California’s Mojave Desert and the urban sprawl of Houston, Texas, and now works out of her studio in New Mexico.
The exhibition embraces photography as Romero’s tool for resisting Eurocentric narratives and as a way to open audiences’ perspectives to the fascinating diversity of living Indigenous peoples. Romero’s identity informs his photography, a blend of fine art and editorial photography, shaped by years of study and a visceral approach to depicting Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural memory, collective history and experiences. experienced from a Native American female perspective. Staging theatrical compositions infused with dramatic color, Romero takes on the role of storyteller, using contemporary photographic techniques to portray the modernity of Indigenous peoples, illuminating Indigenous worldviews and supernatural aspects of everyday life.
According to Romero, “When we as Indigenous people explore new artistic tools and techniques, such as photography, we indigenize those media. Our vision and intimate relationship with our communities is precisely what makes Indigenous photographers the people best equipped to convey the allure, strength and complexity of contemporary Indigenous life.
Museum director Melissa Russo said, “Cara Romero’s work offers a brilliant perspective on indigenous culture, the environment, justice and modern society. As a woman producing large-scale works, she establishes a fascinating variation on the genre of epic imagery, employing a dramatic upward tilt in many of her compositions, but incorporating unexpected intimacy and internal complexity into her subjects. . The museum is thrilled to present this remarkable exhibit of her work and to share her talent in the San Bernardino County where she grew up.
The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural, and natural history and the museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to realize the county’s vision by celebrating the arts, culture, and education in the county, creating a quality of life for residents and visitors.
The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane off the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child 5-12). Children under five and members of the museum association are admitted free. Parking is free. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities.