Buffalo, WY

PhotographerJennifer Garza-Cuen
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

At the Mint Bar, the Eagles Lodge, and the Occidental Hotel, as well as other places around Buffalo, Wyoming time has seemingly paused. They are contemporary spaces so steeped in the past it’s disorienting and not just the places, but the people too; those who choose to inhabit their memory. The real folds in upon itself. then and now, here and there, truth and fiction, theater and documentation. 'Buffalo, WY,' is the fifth location in a larger project entitled 'Wandering In Place,' which depicts a series of locations in the United States as a residue of my cultural memory, an inheritance. It is a metaphorical memoir, a narrative re-telling of facts and fictions and it is also my discovery of the dreamland that still is America.

About Photographer

Jennifer Garza-Cuen is a photographer from the Pacific Northwest. Currently Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she received her MFA in photography and MA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Her BA in comparative literature was completed at the American University in Cairo. During both years of her attendance at RISD, she received the prestigious RISD GS competitive grant. She was also awarded the Daniel Clarke Johnson, Henry Wolf, and Patricia Smith Scholarships. Additionally, she has received fellowships to attend residencies at Light Work,The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ucross, Oxbow, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally and published in contemporary photography journals such as Musée, Blink, The Photo Review, and Conveyor Magazine as well as on-line journals such as Conscientious, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Fubiz, iGNANT, Dazed, and Juxtapoz. Working in a constructed-documentary style she explores ideas of cultural memory and inheritance by creating histo-cinematic place based imagery. Her project 'Wandering in Place' currently includes: Reno, NV; Detroit, MI; Eden, VT; Rabun, GA; and Buffalo, WY.