A Photography Show

Destiny Mata. Black Out II. 2012.

Photographers Chris Castillo (SATX), Irene Lozano (SATX), Destiny Mata (NYC) and Magdalena Yznaga (SATX) will be exhibiting this Second Saturday, September 14th at Lady Base Gallery. Each artist approaches a different subject matter through photography. Castillo explores the “genealogy of the mass produced images” through the cyanotype photographic process. Mata brings to the forefront her personal experiences of Hurricane Sandy in New York City. Yznaga presents documentation of her recent travels to Peru during a graduate study abroad program this past summer.

Second Saturday, September 14, 2013
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM Artist Talk 7:30PM
Lady Base Gallery (located inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores

Chris Castillo
I’m interested in the genealogy of the mass produced image, postmodern photographic strategies, and presenting transparent stratification as a documentarian. The flattened compositions are imbued with my own interests and biography. These documents represent my navigations of homosexual pornographic print media and male-oriented marketing. The male gaze is reframed for the male gays. I find that playing with the construct of the male model can be subversive, political, and resistant. By presenting the magazine page as transparent, I want to bring awareness to underlying problematic representations. In using the cyanotype process, invented in the 19th century, I wish to insert these studies into a subset of photographic history, used traditionally to illustrate scientific and medical texts and as architectural blueprints. The two most influential artists for this body of work are, arguably the first female photographer, Anna Atkins, and American photographer Robert Heinecken.

BIO
Chris Castillo lives and works as a fine art photographer in San Antonio, Texas. He obtained his B.A. degree in Art from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. He draws inspiration from print media and documentary photography. He has interned for artist Adriana Lara and the artist collective Perros Negros in Mexico City, interned for Unit B(Gallery) in San Antonio, interned and currently works at Artpace, and also currently works at the nation’s first bookless public library, BiblioTech. Castillo is a member of the artist collective The Lullwood Group.

Irene Lozano
My work depicts honest images of females and their insecurities about their bodies. I chose to explore this aspect because although every person has personal body insecurities; we rarely ever physically expose them. We might talk about them but when do we ever expose them, much less photograph them for display? Why would we expose something we dislike? “Shed” allows women to liberate themselves from the insecurities they have with their own body and empowers other women to feel comfortable in their own skin. The insecurities exposed and captured in the photographs are no longer personally connected to that female and her body. They have been shed.

BIO
Irene Lozano works as a fine art teacher in San Antonio, Texas. She obtained her B.A degree in art and art history from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008. She works as a high school fine arts teacher and freelance photographer. Topics of her photography include cultural identity and female body image.

Destiny Mata
Hurricane Sandy was an awakening experience of survival. I wasn’t expecting a disastrous storm since last years hurricane wasn’t brutal. The night before the storm we received a mandatory evacuation letter from Mayor Bloomberg since I live in Zone A, right across from the East River. I wasn’t planning on leaving my apartment.
The night before the storm hit police drove around my housing complex with megaphones repeatedly stating that we needed to evacuate our buildings by 7pm the next day. These are a series of photos from my experience. This became a life changing event, not only for me, but for many others affected by the storm.

BIO
My name is Destiny Mata and I’m a photographer. I grew up literally on the streets of New York City. My mother and I were homeless for most of my youth, slept in subway carts, park benches and in shelter homes. Although I had a misfortunate living condition, I was fortunate enough to see a side of the photo industry at a young age. I spent most of my childhood inside photo studios since my aunt was a fashion photographer. I saw a world of artificiality and materialism in the fashion industry that I grew up hating.
I took my first photo class in photojournalism at La Guardia Community College in Queens. It connected me to telling stories through photography. Every photo or video I’ve shot has been with whatever I could get my hands on, whether borrowed from friends, family members or checked out from school.
My utmost goal is to make a difference with my photography and videos. I believe that if I can impact one person’s life than I have done my job.

Magdalena Yznaga
I was one of thirteen students that was selected to study abroad in Peru, through the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Education, funded by Fulbright Scholarship. This travel experience led us to the exotic location of Machu Picchu (currently one of the Seven Wonders of the World). These few images are photographs of this ancient city of the Incas. It was the only stronghold that the Spaniards never found in Peru. The Inca believed the four mountains surrounding Machu Picchu were their principle gods protecting it. It is still considered the hidden city in the skies.

BIO
Madalena Yznaga is currently a graduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio studying for her Master’s in Bilingual and Bicultural Studies, accomplished her B.A. in Art and is a local photographer in San Antonio, Texas. She concentrates her work on performance art and documentary photography. Topics of her photography include: cultural, political, and historical influences. Yznaga, is also a mentor for children and teens and under her mentorship she has taught art for Communities in Schools. She has interned for the San Antonio Museum of Art and is a member of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

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Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.

Sarah Castillo-Director
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204
Contact: Ladybase210@gmail.com

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