Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Spring 2019 Darkroom Artist Residency Recipient

By Editorial Team on February 5, 2019

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is pleased to announce Veronica Melendez as the recipient of the Spring 2019 Darkroom Artist Residency, a three month paid residency in CHAW’s photographic facilities at 545 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003.

Veronica’s residency proposal is to create a photographic body of work about her eight aunts and their journey from Guatemala to Washington DC, who immigrated to the area in the 80’s and 90’s. The work will include traditional black and white darkroom processes as well as color film and digital printing.

“Veronica’s family story is something I think all Americans want to relate to,” says Katherine Akey, CHAW’s Photography Department Chair. “But many of us are very far removed from the ancestors of ours that first came to this country at great risk. Her focus on the personal experience of these intrepid women in her family will hopefully inspire us all to consider the humanity of our recently immigrated neighbors and to muse on the struggles and joys of our own immigrant roots.”

Veronica Melendez is an artist based out of Washington D.C. She received her MFA from the University of Hartford and BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. From illustrations of iconic household products to photographs documenting the diaspora of Central Americans within the DC metro area, her work is greatly influenced by her Latinx upbringing. Having been raised in DC, within one of the largest Central American communities in the United States, her work gives a platform to a voice that is often marginalized and serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of culture and representation in art. Veronica also co-runs @LahorchataZine – a seasonal magazine featuring artists from the Central American diaspora.

(via CHAW. Work by Veronica Melendez.)