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Just Landed by Chantal Lesley


Just Landed

Archival Inkjet Print

Edition of 5 

12" x 18" (30cm x 46cm) 


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Chantal Lesley is a conceptual photographer living and working in Austin, TX. She is a multicultural, first-generation American originally born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located along the U.S./Mexico border. Being the daughter of immigrants, having cultural backgrounds from both Germany and Peru has inflicted a feeling of being stretched between four cultures and has led her to confront ideas that focus on identity and sociological contemporary issues in her work. Her work is mainly autobiographical and self-reflective, often portraying themes of the intangible such as memory, dreams and the retelling of autobiographical stories in a folklore style.

Lesley has recently acquired her BFA in Fine Art Photography from Texas State University, and her work has been exhibited throughout Texas and the US. Selected shows include Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX; Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX; Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C; and Humble Arts Foundation, New York City, NY.  In 2021 she was noted as an Honorable Mention for the Lenscratch Student Prize Award, and will be exhibiting her first solo show titled En Medio de la Nostalgia in 2022. Most recently she was the artist in residence at LATITUDE in Chicago, IL.

"My work is a demand to be seen and understood. It’s about uncovering the layers of being a part of four different cultures: Peruvian, German, American, and Mexican, and the attempt to navigate assimilation to fit into each culture simultaneously, but still facing alienation. By exploring my past experiences, I can create tangible objects from the intangible, and although personal, I know that these concepts and ideas will allow me to connect with and challenge viewers. I create a visual narrative that reflects the loss of ethnic roots and explores the isolation and confusion felt from multiple cultures, a metaphor for the in-between– discovering a mental space that I have constructed while delving into my own and my family's past. I use myself as a subject as a form of empowerment and I rely on symbolism to connect with my audience in a universal way to challenge the viewer to consider their preconceptions of women of color. Through my work, I am turning the colonial gaze upon itself, and regaining my power and agency.” - Chantal Lesley

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