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Elson Lecture 2023: Christina Fernandez

Christina Fernandez, a Los Angeles–based artist, has spent over three decades conducting rich explorations of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican American identity, and the capacities of photography itself. Fernandez earned her BA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989 and her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1996. She serves as associate professor and co-chair of the photography department at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California, where she has been on faculty since 2001. In 2021, Fernandez was one of the first artists honored with the prestigious Latinx Artist Fellowship, an initiative of the US Latinx Art Forum. Fernandez’s “Bend” (1999-2000, 2020) and the Lavanderia (2002-2003) series are included in the National Gallery’s collection.