Monica Alcazar Duarte

One of the most critically acclaimed women in photography today, Mónica Alcázar-Duarte (b. 1977) is a Mexican-British, interventionist, non-fiction visual artist. Born in Mexico City of indigenous descent, and being a migrant, has deeply influenced her way of thinking and seeing.

Loss, insecurity, the need for equality, internal chaos, transitioning between places – and the uneasiness that derives from this – all play an important role in her work.

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Mónica studied filmmaking, architecture and photography and has won multiple awards including, most recently, an Ampersand-Photoworks Residency. Monicas creative thinking confronts current issues using photography; much of her work collaborates with scientists and academics, mixing images with new technologies to create contemporary pieces.

Mónica has also released a number of books, including The New Colonist/ AR Book, Red Mist and “Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers”, the latter of which was inspired by a conversation sparked by asking permission to take a photo of a soldier. For Mónica, the exchange summarised the sense of paranoia that Mexican people live with everyday.

Mónica has stated that she is ‘fascinated by the way that we read and interconnect images and information. My practice focuses on these interconnections, their context and the conclusions that are formed.’

Sound, film, text and installation all influence the development and production of her photographic work, indicating her multidisciplinary approach and cementing her as one of the 21st century’s most innovative women in photography.

By Tamsin Mclaughlan

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