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Abuela, or grandma, is a very important person in Mexican culture. She embodies strength, love, and family. Socorro (2015–present) is an ongoing project that documents the artist’s grandmother, Socorro, in her home of the last 50 years. Socorro the backbone and matriarch of the family. The work focuses on the last chapters of her life as an elderly woman who faces many health challenges. The energy and climate of her home has shifted as well as her role in the family. The photographs record this transitionary time and the details of her daily life. Socorro’s home is no longer the place where family frequently comes and goes, meeting for menudo or tamales, birthdays and holidays. It is now a place where Socorro moves along slowly and quietly watching her novelas and news. It is a peaceful home full of memories of joy, love, care, and loss.
Juliana Rico is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. She earned her MFA in Creative Photography from California State University Fullerton and BFA in Photography from San Jose State University. Rico’s photographic and video work investigates intersections of identity including ethnicity, culture, social norms, and the body. She scrutinizes social constructs and reveals her own reality. Rico’s work has been showcased nationally including Woman Made Gallery and ARC Gallery in Chicago, the University of Texas at Arlington, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and throughout Southern California. In addition to being an artist, Rico is an educator. In 2012 she co-founded the Emerging Artist Society, an artist community built upon sharing resources and aiding emerging artists in professional development. She teaches photography at several institutions in Southern California.