Foto Forum Santa Fe is a 501(c)3 non-profit that creates an artistic space to explore the current relationship between photography, storytelling, science, and technology through artist exhibitions, workshops, visiting artist lectures, research, and community outreach.

 Foto Forum Santa Fe we are committed to the health and safety of our community. Due to COVID-19, we will be cancelling our April 3rd Opening. We will only be open by appointment to view Shelby Roberts show, or purchase the artist's work who we represent.
Tropical Fetish
a Solo Show by Juan Herrera


We understand this is a rapidly evolving situation. This decision has been carefully considered and is in alignment with our mission and other galleries and museums. We will continue to prioritize the safety of our visitors, staff, and students.

In the interim, we would like to direct you to engage with us via our social media channels and explore our website  and virtual show. http:// Thank you and looking forward to seeing you soon.

 Foto Forum Santa Fe, 1714 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501

 Free to the public
Please Join us Friday, April 3rd 
from 5-7pm for an opening reception and a performance by the artist at 5:30pm
 The artists will be in attendance 

Foto Forum Santa Fe
presents Tropical Fetish
 a photography exhibition by
Juan Herrera


WHAT: Tropical Fetish A Solo Show by Juan Herrera

WHERE: Foto Forum Santa Fe, 1714 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501

 Free to the public

WHEN: Friday, April 3rd through Friday March 24th, 2020

Opening Reception on Friday, April 3rd from 5-7 pm
with a performance by the artist at 5:30pm 

Artist Talk Sunday, April 5th at 3pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-5 pm, or by appointment

“As a queer immigrant artist of color my projects focus on the intersection between and concepts of cultural and sexual identity while also referencing art history and political-ideological discourses relevant to the Latino/Latin-American experience in an increasingly interconnected reality.”  Juan Herrera. 


In using photography, as well as projections, prints, performance, video and immersive installations, Herrera’s work seeks to address the personal experience of carrying multiple identities, exploring and interrogating the different strategies used to navigate a world that often sets sexual, national and cultural identities in opposition. 


This exhibition, titled Tropical Fetish, will include his photographic work Still Life of a Tropical Fetish, a series of photographic prints of tropical fruits presented in a still life style; tied using knots used in bondage, covered in wax. As well as his video work Jardín de Delicias a three channel video installation that documents a performative action by the artist using wax.  Pénsil de Placeres Suspendidos, a performative installation of wax, fruits, flowers and fruits presented in the form of a hanging installation using Kinbaku-style suspension technics.


Herrera received an MA in Spanish at University of Iowa and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Photography + Media with a specialization in Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS)


His work has been exhibited at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago, and the Center for Integrated Media in Los Angeles. His work has been published in Fnewsmagazine and magazines in the Midwest and Latin America. Herrera’s work will be shown also in Lima, Perú at the end of April.


Como artista de color, inmigrante y queer, mis proyectos se centran en la intersección y los conceptos de identidad cultural y sexual, al mismo tiempo que hacen referencia a la historia del arte y los discursos político-ideológicos relevantes a la experiencia latina  y/o latinoamericana en una realidad cada vez más interconectada". Juan Herrera 


 Al utilizar la fotografía, así como las proyecciones, impresiones, performance, video e instalaciones inmersivas, el trabajo de Herrera busca abordar la experiencia personal de llevar múltiples identidades, explorar e interrogar las diferentes estrategias utilizadas para navegar en un mundo que a menudo establece la identidad sexual, la identidad nacional y cultural en oposición otra la otra.  


Esta exposición, titulada Tropical Fetish, incluirá su trabajo fotográfico Still Life of a Tropical Fetish, una serie de impresiones fotográficas de frutas tropicales presentadas en un estilo de naturaleza muerta; atado con nudos utilizados en la esclavitud, cubierto de cera. Además de su video trabajo Jardín de Delicias, una instalación de video de tres canales que documenta una acción performativa del artista usando cera. Pénsil de Placeres Suspendidos, una instalación performativa de cera, frutas, flores y esentada en forma de instalación colgante utilizando técnicas de suspensión de estilo Kinbaku.  


Herrera recibió una Maestría en Literatura en Español en la Universidad de Iowa y una Maestría en Estudios Visuales y Críticos en la Escuela del Instituto de Arte de Chicago (SAIC), actualmente cursa una Maestría en Bellas Artes en Fotografía + Medios con una especialización en Medios Integrados en el Instituto de Artes de California (CALARTS)  


Su trabajo ha sido exhibido en la Galería Weinberg / Newton y la Galería de Arte de Performance El Desfibrilador en Chicago, y en el Center for Integrated Media en Los Ángeles. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en revistas en el Midwest Americano y América Latina. El trabajo de Herrera se mostrará también en Lima, Perú, a fines de abril.

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