2021–22 DocX Archive Lab Fellow
Arlene Mejorado is a first-generation, transnational lens-based artist from Los Angeles, California, working with analog and digital photography, video, and installations. She experiments with documentary practices, depicting truths that aren’t visibly represented or legible but experienced viscerally. Mejorado engages in repair work, countering erasure and mending fragments in familial and collective stories and archives, especially those of diasporic communities. She has been awarded the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellowship and the National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture (NALAC) master artist grant. Her photography has been published in Vogue, The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Mejorado has handled special archival projects with the Human Rights Documentation Initiative, the Latin American Benson Collection, and El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas–Austin and is completing her MFA in Visual Arts at the University of California–San Diego.