Vera Saldivar de Lira

Vera Saldivar de Lira is a photographer and visual artist born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from a certificate in General Studies of Photography from the International Center of Photography being an Arnold Newman scholarship recipient in 2018 and gained an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College, New York, class of 2020 with a director’s fellowship.

Originally trained as an architect, in her practice she explores the various relationships between body, space and memory. Her works are based on her own interactions with both public and domestic spaces, triggered by alienation and dissociation, using the camera and image making processes as a means to confront agoraphobia and self awareness. Her work is influenced by Phenomenology and the interactions of the gaze and the body between common objects and spaces and aims to simultaneously explore the materiality of the photographic medium. Her works have been among the finalists of the Gallery Biesenbach Art Matters competition 2021, 2021 Experimental Photo Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, International Center of Photography School, Glasgow Gallery of Photography, among others.