Nathan Cordova is a lens-based visual artist who lives and works in Berkeley, Ca. His work was featured in Forecast 2019 at SF Camerawork and he is an official selection for Review Santa Fe 2020. Nathan was raised in a family of storytellers and he uses photographs, diaristic hand-writing, new technologies 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.
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
2020 Review Santa Fe, Center Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (Postponed until 2021)
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
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.
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/
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