Opening Fri, July 11, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
La Llorona Art Gallery will feature
the opening of the exhibition
An exhibition of 22 photographs
by the Houston, Texas based photographer
From the beginning to the present works of Delilah Montoya, a Chicano artist, La Llorona brings to Chicago a “Retrospective” exhibition. These 22 works have been composed from the Guadalupe series to the Border series. This is an opportunity to review in one space Delilah Montoya’s cultural history, memory, and identity through photographs in Chicago knowing that the Chicano Movement is still very strong and very still alive. Delilah Montoya’s photographs picture people and places where the real gets magical and the magical gets real. The Latin American community in the United States starts at the border of Mexico and the United States and gets roots in the rough life where Delilah pictures them in prisons, boxing matches, and Sagrado Corazon. “Interpreted as an alternative to the mainstream, stands as a personal statement that evokes an identity. I aspire to originate the artist’s voice,” states Delilah Montoya. Her images range from large, colorful photographs to intriguing assemblages comprised of gauche, printing and photography.
“Born in Fort Worth and raised in Nebraska with deep roots in northern New Mexico, my work explores the lived reality of the Mexican American community. Working in a variety of photographic and printing processes as well as creating multimedia installations I aim to generate conversations that are densely textured and provocatively layered with aesthetic, spiritual, and political meaning” states Delilah.
Delilah Montoya received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico, and received her Associates Degree in Commercial Photography and Art from the Metropolitan Technical College in Omaha.