Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures

A color photograph of a laundromat at night as seen through glass doors covered in white graffiti.
March 12–July 9, 2023
Second floor

This landmark exhibition presents the work of Christina Fernandez, whose photographs and installations explore migration, labor, gender, and Mexican American identity. Bringing together the artist’s most important bodies of work for the first time, Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures invites viewers to reconsider history, borders, and the lives that cross and inhabit both.

An artist and educator who has been dedicated to her community for decades, Fernandez employs portrait, conceptual, and architectural photography to address life in East Los Angeles. Her work highlights the experiences of Mexican Americans, from border-spanning family histories to contemporary lavanderías. Fernandez also portrays the realities of being an artist, professor, and mother through series that acknowledge both the beauty and the precarity of a creative life. Spanning over 30 years, the works in Multiple Exposures feature Fernandez’s specific communities and encourage renewed attention to our own.

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Header Image Credit

Christina Fernandez (b. 1965), Lavanderia #1, 2002, archival pigment print, from the series Lavanderia, courtesy of the artist and Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, © Christina Fernandez

Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures is organized by UCR ARTS and is curated by Joanna Szupinska, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Photography. Chon Noriega, Distinguished Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA, is curatorial advisor. Exhibition design concept by HvADesign, New York. This exhibition was made possible by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for the publication was provided by AltaMed Health Services, and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

The Carter’s presentation of Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures  is supported by the Alice L. Walton Foundation Temporary Exhibitions Endowment.