Arlene Mejorado is a Los Angeles-raised documentarian and multi-media artist based in San Antonio. As a first-generation, bilingual Xicana, she is constantly exploring themes of diaspora, cultural hybridity, gender-queerness, and racial identity. Through the mediums of photography and documentary film, Mejorado experiments with the intersection of art and visual storytelling. Through street and gallery installations, she seeks to transform public space and engage her art with the social environment. Mejorado received a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing new academic and creative endeavors.
Arlene co-founded Mujeres en Medio, a women-of-color digital platform for storytelling and is the editor of Optica, a women's photography magazine. She has worked on special digital media archival projects at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative, Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, Self Help Graphics & Art, and San Anto Cultural Arts. Her documentary film was featured in Germany's 2015 Filminitiativ festival within the African Diaspora category. In 2016, Mejorado held her first solo exhibit "Califas Lens, San Anto Heart: Outside Looking In" curated by LadyBase Gallery at R Space in San Antonio and was awarded "best exhibition" by FotoSeptiembre. Mejorado has been the recipient of the National Association of Latin Arts & Culture Master Artist Grant, Luminaria Artist Grant, and The Amplifier Foundation art campaign grant.