2020 — El Paso Texas, USA
About this series
The first picture, Mr Chair, shows a man who tried to cross from Ciudad Juarez into El Paso, Texas by hiding in a car seat. He was caught on the American side of the border crossing and sent back to Mexico.
This series illustrates the extremes people are willing to go to seek a better life. Monica Lozano captures stories that speak to the human condition. They are stories of survival but also of poignant sadness and fear, focusing on the moment of dehumanizing nothingness when migrants have left their past lives but not yet landed in their future. The images contrast the promise of a new world with a grim reality.
Monica Lozano is a Mexican-American photographer born in El Paso, Texas and raised across the border in the sister city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Lozano received her Master’s Degree in Photography in Madrid, Spain in Escuela Universitaria TAI. Her work has won various international photo competitions and grants, including two medals in Le Grand Prix de la Photographie Paris 2019 and final selection for Portrait of Humanity Book published by British Journal of Photography and Magnum Photos. In 2011, Lozano finished the Photo Global residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York City on a presidential scholarship which she won at the International Talent Support #ITSEIGHT Contest in Trieste, Italy.
Her work has been featured under the “One To Watch” section of American Photo Magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review selected her for the “20 Women to Watch” list in 2011. Lozano collaborated with the TED Award winner JR on his Inside Out Project in Mexico creating and coordinating a massive worldwide public art action called “Be The Change”, in which 21 countries exchanged portraits and pasted them on public spaces during the International Day of Peace in 2012. Lozano and her work were featured in the film, Inside Out, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Her work was selected for the opening exhibition of Latin America’s first photographic and image museum founded by the Pedro Meyer Foundation in Mexico City. Lozano’s elegant and socially charged portraits have been exhibited in Mexico, the United States, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Denmark, Seoul, Indonesia, Portugal, Tunis, Chile, Greece and Morocco.
Lozano is currently documenting the dire conditions of migrants, refugees and asylum- seekers housed in shelters and detention facilities in El Paso and Juarez. She came back to the border where she began life, straddling two countries and teaching University students about photography and how art can transcend borders.