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© Brenda Perry, Postmortem Juarez 1,
Postmortem Juarez series. Tintype, 4" x 5"

© Brenda Perry, Postmortem Juarez 12,
Postmortem Juarez series. Tintype, 4" x 5"

© Brenda Perry, Postmortem Juarez 7,
Postmortem Juarez series. Tintype, 4" x 5"

Brenda Perry
Born: 1978, Juarez, Mexico
Resides: El Paso, TX


Selected Exhibitions:
En Foco at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2013
En Foco at Calumet Photographic, New York, NY 2012
Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Border Art Biennial, Juárez, Mexico, 2011
El Paso Museum of Art, Border Art Biennial, El Paso, TX 2011
Glass Gallery, Homage, El Paso, TX 2010
El Paso Downtown Library, Arts International, El Paso, TX 2009
Manhattan Theatre Source, Creation/Destruction, New York, NY 2006
Gallery 219, London, England 2003
Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL 20O1
Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL 2000

MA, 2010, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
BA, 2001, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

En Foco's New Works Photography Awards #15 Fellowship, 2011-12

Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 17#2 (En Foco: Bronx, 2013)

Artist’s Statement:
The obscure photographs of the Juarez killings are real crime-scene pictures that were given to me by a personal source. The images are meant to appear as antique postmortem photographs similar to those from the nineteenth century. During the late 1800s/early 1900s, it was very common to photograph the dead to keep memoirs of loved ones. These images were called postmortem portraits. My intention for this series is to print these photographs as historical icons. Not only as documentation of what is happening in Juarez today, but also to pay homage to the fallen people we read about in yesterday’s news.

Historically, the tintype was considered the “poor cousin” of the Daguerreotype because it was printed on scrap sheets of steel. The history of the tintype contributes to my appropriation of this process to the content of the Juarez killings. Given that a large percentage of the murders in Juarez affect the working class, these tintype images metaphorically represent how casually society forgets the disadvantaged.


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