Sandra de la Loza

I kind of see it as a phenomena that’s surfaced…in the last five or six years towards maybe a way of approaching art that at times gets recognized by art institutions and at times not, and somehow continues to persist.

Sandra de la Loza: The work of Sandra de la Loza offers critical investigations of power and representation within the contemporary political, social, and cultural landscape. She is the founder of the Pocho Research Society (PRS), an on-going collaborative project dedicated to the systematic investigation of place and memory through archival and curatorial projects and public interventions.

De la Loza has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, Mexico City and Cairo.  Recent exhibits include, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Invisible City at Arco Madrid, and Citizen/Participant at Darb 1718 in Cairo. She has also collaborated with other artists and activists to generate artist-led spaces for community activism and critical dialogue. Such efforts have resulted in participating in collectively run community centers, conferences, art events and discussion groups the October Surprise (2004), and Arts in Action (2000-2004). She currently has an exhibition on display at LACMA, Mural Remix, which focuses on Chicano Murals from the 1970’s that is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative. Her first book, The Pocho Research Society’s Field Guide  to Erased and Invisible Histories, (2011) is now available through the University of Washington Press.

De la Loza has taught cultural studies, contemporary art seminars and studio art courses at various universities including the Masters in Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design and Claremont McKenna College. She received her B.A. in Chicano Studies at the University of California, at Berkeley and her MFA in Photography at Cal State Long Beach.