Arlene Mejorado is lens-based artist and cinematographer from Los Angeles, California working with analog and digital photography, 16mm film, video, and mixed-media installations. Informed by her upbringing in an immigrant and first generation household, Mejorado is interested in repair work, countering erasure and mending fragments in personal, collective, diasporic, and migrating experiences and stories. Her work often converges interior life and intimate memories with the public urban landscape, contemplating her sense of home, displacement, collective placemaking and temporality. Through her practice she often positions herself “in-between” society’s western and patriarchal canon. Photography has become a tool to stage new possibility, to invite interpersonal exchange, to heal, and to pursue a sense of belonging.
Mejorado has been awarded the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellowship, the DocX fellowship with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the NALAC artist grant, and the Lucie Foundation Independent Book Award. Her photography has been published in Vogue, Teen Vogue, The Atlantic, The California Sunday Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Her practice extends into the archival space through her work on special projects with the Human Rights Documentation Initiative, The Latin American Benson Collection, and El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen in San Salvador, El Salvador. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and will be completing her M.F.A. in Visual Arts in the Spring of 2023 at The University of California in San Diego. Her project, Caricias is currently a part of the Los Angeles Metro Art Photo Lightboxes series on view at the Hollywood and Highland Station.