Black and white photo showing a large desert landscape photo standing upright on the ground, with a ladder laying perpendicular to it. Both are surrounded by paint cans and tarps.

Rodrigo Valenzuela, "Already there," 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond, artist frame; 35 x 43 in.

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Artist in Residence, 2023

Headshot of Rodrigo Valenzuela

Artist Statement

I construct narratives, scenes, and stories that point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work. My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.


While at Headlands

While at Headlands, I will develop a new project based on my research of Latin American subcultures, punk, and the CIA. I will also take time to gather more information on the region’s labor union and labor organizers for my ongoing project Prole