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Through eloquent and provocative images, Cara Romero’s photographs explore the nature of representation. An enrolled citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Romero was raised between the rural Chemehuevi reservation in Mojave Desert, California and the urban sprawl of Houston, Texas.Her work, a rebuttal to the academic and media portrayals of Native Americans she witnessed growing up, depicts the modernity of Native people and illuminates indigenous worldviews.
Maintaining a studio in Santa Fe, Romero regularly participates in Native American art fairs and panel discussions, and was featured in PBS’ Craft in America (2019). Her award-winning work is included in many public and private collections internationally. Romero continues to travel back to the Chemehuevi Valley Indian Reservation, where she maintains close ties to her tribal community and ancestral homelands.