Arlene Mejorado is an artist and photographer making experimental documentary work. Raised in Los Angeles, she is the daughter of migrants, brown, queer, multi-ethnic, and aspirant of beauty and truth. She graduated from University of Texas at Austin in Latin American studies and her photography has been published in the LA Weekly, LA Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, Remezcla, Contemporary Arts Review, The Current, La Liga, and Girls Like Us.
In 2016 Mejorado presented her first solo photo exhibit curated by Lady Base Gallery for Fotoseptiembre in San Antonio. In 2017 she was awarded the Luminaria public arts grant and was the co-recipient of the NALAC Mentorship grant. Mejorado has participated in group shows at Centro de Artes and Galeria Guadalupe in San Antonio, MexicArte Museum and the Benson Latin American Collection Library in Austin, and the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.
In the advent of the 2017 International Women’s March and the presidential inauguration, Mejorado collaborated on the the We the People art campaign with Amplifier Art and Obey Giant which led to creation of Defend Dignity based on one of her photographs.
She co-published her first photography book, Femme Frontera with Adriana Monsalve which explores women, femme, queer, and transgender experiences on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands through documentary photography, poetry and illustration. Femme Frontera was one of 80 international books selected for the 2018 Photobook Biennial in Cork, Ireland and is now available at the LACMA store and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
Mejorado is critical and reflective of the process of documentation, as projects often interweave layered experiences in migration, diasporas, cultural hybridity, gender-queerness, and identity. Ultimately, she believes her work is collaborative and honors a process of relationship-building, experimentation, and expression.
La Liga Zine
Contemporary Art Review LA
Girls Like Us
Hecho Con Ganas
The Washington Post - The Lily "Zine World Gives Creators Space for Power" by Ashley Nguyen, June 2018.
The Current, "Chicana Feelings' and 'Entre Orillas' Show How Visibility Can Be a Way of Healing" by Alejandra L. Gonzalez, Dec. 2017
LA Weekly, "Photographer Arlene Mejorado Gives the Camera the Angeleno Aesthetic" by Trina Calderon, Sept. 2017
LA Weekly, "How L.A.'s Latinas Are Telling Their Own Stories Through Photography" by Eva Recinos, Sept. 2017
For Creative Girls, "Arlene Mejorado on Photography, Documentary, and Creating Meaningful Work", Feb. 2017
Obey Magazine, "Behind "Defend Dignity" Q+A with Arlene Mejorado and Maribel Hermosillo" by Illana Woods, Feb. 2017
San Antonio Express-News, "Shepard Fairey Poster Based on Work by San Antonio Photographer", by Elda Silva, Jan. 2017
Remezcla, "These Powerful Portraits Find Beauty in the Vaqueros & Vendedoras of San Antonio", by Andrew Vargas, Dec. 2016
Houston Chronicle, ""Arlene Mejorado's Pulga Series", by Madalyn Mendoza, Dec. 2016
Deep Red Press, "La Pulga y la calle: Arlene Mejorado", by Raul Rodriguez, Nov. 2016
San Antonio Express-News, "Photographer Finds Her Art at the Flea Market", by Elda Silva, Aug. 2016
Praxis Center, Kalamazoo College, "Monthly Artist Feature: Arlene Mejorado", 2015