Biography

 

The artistic practice of Lorena Velázquez, a Franco-Mexican artist, revolves around the admiration and respect she feels towards nature, towards human beings and human rights.

Her most recent solo show Livres Débordés was held in Paris at the Mexican Cultural Institute (November 2019-January 2020). Over her career she has earned numerous grants and recognitions, including from the Program for Cultural Projects and Joint Investments (FONCA, 1995) and First Place in the Digital Print category at the FINI International Image Competition (2011), for her piece Radiografía Pulmonar.

She is currently part of two women’s collectives: Salon México (Saloneras) and Patchwork Healing Blanket/La manta de la curación.

While photography is her principal medium of expression, Lorena Velázquez’s passion for the image extends to disciplines including printmaking, installation, bookbinding and the create of artist’s books. In this latter sphere she has participated in group exhibitions and fairs including the 

CODEX International Book Fair in Richmond, California (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022); the PAGE(S salon in Paris, at the Centre du Bastille Design Center and at the Palais de la femme (2018, 2019, 2021); the Libro Art Paper Works book fair at the Museo Rufino Tamayo (2017); CODEX México at the Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla (2012) and Léeme at the Casa del Lago (2012). 

Collective exhibitions include in 2021 Racine ‘1 m x 1 m’ at the Municipal Gallery of Auvers sur Oise in France. In 2019, with Jaguar Arte at a number of exhibitions in Paris. In 2018, her series Au Pays des Merveilles was part of an exhibition curated by Didier Mutuel in the south of France and at Artist’s Books from Mexico, at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; while her Máxima Expresión other forms of seeing and making books was shown at both the Library of Mexico and at the Artist’s books from Mexico and Mexican Diaspora, at the  Mexican Consulate in California, among others. 

In the field of publishing, her books Alone Together (2021), To me (2021), Exit (2019), La Peur (2018), Un mundo sin flores (2016), 43 (2015) – about the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students, Spiral Lady (2013), Le Silence des Arbres (2013), El Vuelo (2012) and El Latido del Corazón (2011). In her editions she was worked with Francisco Segovia, Valentine Oncins, Lola Argemí and Vicente Guijosa.

Her work can be found in major photography collections including at the University of  Berkeley, Stanford University, the Brancroft Library, Duke Library, Brown University Special Collections, the Fototeca Nacional de México, the Museo Carrillo Gil, the Centro de la Imagen, the Fundación Alumnos 47 and the Embassy of France in Mexico, as well in private collections in the United States, France and Mexico.