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Nathan Cordova is a lens-based visual artist who lives in Tucson, AZ where he is an MFA candidate in the Photo, Video and Imaging program at the University of Arizona School of Art. His work was featured in Forecast 2019 at SF Camerawork and he is an official selection for Review Santa Fe 2021. Nathan was raised in a family of storytellers and he uses photographs, diaristic writing, fictional archives and oral histories to add his voice to this tradition. His practice questions the legacies of Spanish colonialism, Catholic patriarchy, Manifest Destiny and white-supremacy as well as their impact on his family and the American southwest. His work makes visual these lasting legacies in order to deconstruct dominant culture and facilitate intergenerational healing. Nathan was mentored by Guggenheim Fellow, McNair Evans from 2017-2019. He received his BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 2007.

Solo Shows

2020 One Man’s Body Family Album, Berkeley Salon Show, Berkeley, CA  

2018 One Man’s Body and Vicinity, Walden House Salon Show, Oakland, CA  

2017 One Man’s Body, Richmond Salon Show, Portland, OR

2017 One Man’s Body, Walden House Salon Show, Oakland, CA  

2014 Kelley Point Park, Conejos County Library, La Jara, CO

Group Shows

2022 A Practice of Doubt, University of Arizona Graduate Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

2021 Review Santa Fe, Center Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2021 SF Camerawork 2021 Benefit Auction: The Roof is on Fire, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2019 Forecast 2019: SF Camerawork’s Annual Survey Exhibition, San Francisco Camerawork, SF, CA

2019 Storytelling Through the Lens, Chicano Humanities Arts Council Gallery, Denver, CO

2017 SF Camerawork 2017 Benefit Auction, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2016 Our World Portfolio Review, project admission, Photo Alliance, San Francisco, CA

2016 9th Annual International Plastic Camera Show, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco CA

2015 Color Photography: A Picture Show, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

2015 Focus: Grayscale, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

2015 Plastic Fantastic IV, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, Juror’s Choice Award

Publications

Cordova, Nathan. I Want To Leave So Much Behind. Berkeley, CA: Self-Published, 2021. Limited-Edition Artist Book. 24 pages, 10 original B&W photographs, pen on paper.

Cordova, Nathan. One Man’s Body Family Album. Berkeley, CA: Self-Published, 2020. Limited-Edition Artist Book. 32 pages, 23 original B&W photographs, 4 archival maps, pen on paper.

Cordova, Nathan. One Man’s Body and Vicinity. Oakland, CA: Self-Published, 2018. Limited-Edition Art Object. 7 original B&W photographs, archival maps, pen on paper.

Cordova, Nathan. One Man’s Body. Oakland, CA: Self-Published, 2017. Limited-Edition Zine. 20 pages containing 14 original B&W photographs.

Grants/Scholarships

2022 Full Tuition, Room and Board Summer Workshop Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO. 

2022 Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant Recipient, University of Arizona GPSC, Tucson, AZ.

2022 Medici Scholar Award, University of Arizona College of Fine Arts, Tucson, AZ.

Commissions

Elizabeth Eaves. (October 1, 2020). The Pandemic Closed Borders—and Stirred a Longing for Home. WIRED. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/story/the-pandemic-closed-borders-and-stirred-a-longing-for-home/

Teaching

2022 University of Arizona, ART 100C: Gaze, Primary Instructor, Tucson, AZ.

2022 University of Arizona, ART 244: Introduction To Photographic Practices and Visual Thinking, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tucson, AZ. 

2021 University of Arizona, ART 242: Introduction To Photographic Concept, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tucson, AZ. 

2021 Design Tech High School, April Intersession Instructor, “Zine Making for the Visual Artist”, Redwood City, CA.

2017-2020 First Exposures, Part-time Mentor for Digital Photography and B&W Darkroom, San Francisco, CA.

Education

2021-Present MFA Photo, Video and Imaging (candidate), University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson, AZ.

2017-2019 McNair Evans, One-on-one Directed Study, San Francisco, CA

2014-2016 Kirsten Rian, One-on-one Directed Study, Portland, OR

2011-2013 Lauren Henkin & Kirsten Rian, Directed Group Study, Portland, OR

2007 B.A. Journalism, Focus in Photojournalism, University of Oregon School of Journalism, Eugene, OR

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