Delilah Montoya : Syncretism
8.28.14 - 12.7.14

The exhibition is a survey of work by an innovative Southwestern artist who has consistently explored the tender boundaries of ethnicity and gender in her photography and installation work. The group of more than 25 photographs begins with Montoya’s series from the 1990s that interrogates the cross-cultural significance of El Sagrado Corazón, the Sacred Heart symbol that is popular throughout New Mexico and the Southwest, followed by a later series on the continuing resonance of La Guadalupana, the Virgin of Guadalupe. More recently, Montoya has photographed the thriving world of women’s boxing in the Southwest for the series Women Boxers: The New Warriors. She has also turned her attention to the humanitarian issues of migrants along the United States and Mexico border, in her body of work titled Sed: The Trail of Thirst. The exhibition includes an installation of water bottles with aspirational labels designed by Orlando Lara and a video Montoya collaborated with him on, titled Elizabeth’s Story. Albuquerque artist Mike 3sixty, who worked with Montoya on her series El Sagrado Corazón, was commissioned to paint a mural in the gallery to complement that body of work.

El Sagrado Corazón, the Sacred Heart symbol that is popular throughout New Mexico and the Southwest, followed by a later series on the continuing resonance of La Guadalupana, the Virgin of Guadalupe. More recently, Montoya has photographed the thriving world of women’s boxing in the Southwest for the series Women Boxers: The New Warriors. She has also turned her attention to the humanitarian issues of migrants along the United States and Mexico border, in her body of work titled Sed: The Trail of Thirst. The exhibition includes an installation of water bottles with aspirational labels designed by Orlando Lara and a video Montoya collaborated with him on, titled Elizabeth’s Story. Albuquerque artist Mike 3sixty, who worked with Montoya on her series El Sagrado Corazón, was commissioned to paint a mural in the gallery to complement that body of work.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Montoya has deep roots in northern New Mexico through her mother’s family and earned her MA and MFA degrees at the University of New Mexico. She has been recognized for consistently giving voice to the Chicana experience and for her inventive and collaborative approach to photography. She currently divides her time between Albuquerque and Houston, where she teaches photography at the University of Houston.



Images from the Exhibition