Tamara Cedré – the inaugural Pitzer Photo Artist in Residence is participating in the MCSI programming related to Photography and the Racialized Body. The residency is meant to support local BIPOC photographers in completing a major body of work in-progress with the gift of time, supplies, access to facilities, and studio visits. Tamara will also be engaging with students in mid-semester and final critiques this Fall. As part of the MCSI programming, in-person events will be held between the fall and spring.
Tamara’s work mines historical and personal archives that articulate diasporic identity shaped by the colonial status of her family’s homeland of Puerto Rico. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Central Florida. She studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL where she received BFAs in Photography and Graphic Design. In 2009, she was awarded a fellowship endowed by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to attend a juried residency with Rineke Dijkstra at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Tamara completed her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art where her studio research tested photography as a personal, political tool of documentation. Her photographs, video and filmic installations have been exhibited across the country and featured in publications. She currently teaches photography in Southern California and spends her summers on the island.