WHAT: A solo photography exhibition by Aydinaneth Ortiz titled Hogar

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

        Free to the public.

WHEN: August 2nd to August 31st, 2019.

Opening Reception on Friday August 2nd from 5-7 pm. 

Artist Talk on Saturday August 3rd from 2-3 pm.

Indian Market events on August 17th and 18th.

Closing Reception on August 30th from 5-7 pm.

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday from 1-5 pm, Saturday from 10am - 2pm, or by appointment.


Foto Forum Santa Fe presents a photography exhibition by Aydinaneth Ortiz.


“In 2013, my life was forever changed when I lost my youngest brother, Geovany Ortiz, at the hands of my brother, Israel Ortiz, who suffers from schizophrenia. This tragic event shifted the focus of my art practice, and in an attempt to cope, I created an artist book titled La Condición de la Familia comprised of family photographs and my personal photo archive. The book, initially created to express my grief, has since allowed me to share my experience and connect with others who have also dealt with loss. Our grief was short-lived while we dealt with Israel’s rapidly declining mental health and substance abuse.” Aydinaneth Ortiz

   Aydinaneth Ortiz, BA in Art (University of California, Los Angeles), MFA in Photography (California Institute of the Arts, 2018) utilizes documentary, landscape, and portrait photography, to focus on intersections between urban structures, familial relationships, mental illness, drug addiction, and immigration. Her art is a direct response to personal struggles and familial hardships. Most would shy away from making the private so public, but through the art-making process, Ortiz channels her negative energy into a shared conversation. Her artwork has been exhibited widely, most notably at the Pomona College Museum of Art, and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, where her art is now part of the permanent collection.

   In Ingredients, a series of photographs of eight everyday products used to make methamphetamine, Ortiz removes the objects from their original environment, and juxtaposes against a black backdrop. Alongside this work, she installed a re-creation of her brother’s bedroom simulating one of his violently destructive episodes. Walking into the space, you are inundated by wall tagging and drawings of phrases like, “only God can judge me” and “go to sleep.” In the center of the space, there is a bare mattress with worn sheets, broken light bulbs, cigarettes butt, and drug paraphernalia.Through California State Mental Hospitals, a series of photographs of state-run mental institutions and the neighborhoods in which they coexist, Ortiz learned the lack of mental health support for her brother was not an isolated incident but part of a broader systemic issue.

   Hija de tu Madre, Ortiz’s newest photographic series, focuses on the positive relationships between migrant mothers and their daughters with black-and-white individual portraits of her mother, sister, and I, along with 13 other mothers and daughters. Each portrait aims to counter negative migrant stereotypes by photographing strong women who have migrated to the United States. While the White House continues to marginalize Latin Americans, this series aspires to empower women’s resiliency despite the multitude of challenges they continue to face.

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Address: 1714 Paseo De Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501          Phone: 505)470-2582    


WHAT: A solo exhibition by Patrick Manning

WHERE: Foto Forum Santa Fe, 1714 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Free to the public.

WHEN: Exhibition runs from July 5th to July 31st. 

Opening reception on Friday July  5th, 2019 from 5-7 pm. 

Artist Talk on Saturday July, 13th 2-3pm

Closing Reception Friday June 28th, 2019 5-7pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm, or by appointment.


Foto Forum Santa Fe presents a photography exhibition by University of New Mexico Associate Professor Patrick Manning showing multiple bodies of his work to better understand the breadth of his oeuvre, and how this artist is thinking about photography in the 21st-century. Manning’s work explores ideas, and fundamental questions like, what is a photograph, what is private land, and what possibilities does photography hold in the future.


Manning’s photographic, digital, and video work invokes loss to explore the intersection of representation, language, and history. This exhibition will include pieces from Manning’s series since 1998, Private Land (photographs of privately owned land in the western US), Automatic Writing (photographs of contrails), Garbage (scans of garbage collected at historical sites),, The Grid (photographs of an abandoned development), Delta (photographs of erosion sites in the Mississippi River Delta), Land in Water (underwater photographs of erosion sites in the Mississippi River Delta), and other bodies of work. I’m a Terrible Machine (photographs freed from any body, and any particular media), Grim Sleeper (ongoing - manipulated photographs), and Video - Soluble fish ladder (salmon swimming through a lock), Spectacle, Spectator, Specter (video of three nights of a crowd watching a sunset), and 40 Days (video of desert skies).


When Patrick Manning moved to NM he was immediately struck by the evidence of American colonization through the systematic taking of land from American Indians through the colonization of America. Manning’s masters thesis was entitled Private Land, where he looked at what it meant to make land private. In his Delta series, he explored the past environmental man-made crisis that displaced entire nations of people and the Delta region that was once thriving. Patrick’s next body of work The Grim Sleeper looks at the possibility of darkness that photography holds thinking about the criminalization of people, and how eugenics that was used in conjunction with photography to criminalize, subjugate, and oppress the Other. In this body of work, Patrick examines the power of photography, the limits of photography without context, and the responsibility of the media, journalists, as well as the audience and the artist. His current body I’m a Terrible Machine looks at what is a photograph, or what has the photograph become from its origin as a scientific invention to help landscape artist’s depict nature more accurately, using a light and metal based process, and how it has evolved to a light and digital process where light is transferred to zeros and ones and then assigned a colored square in order to create our current digital image.


“The pieces of Grim Sleeper derive their inspiration from the conceptual works of artists like Sol Lewitt and John Cage, the large scale works using the photographs of the Grim Sleeper investigate the notion of the veil and the sanctification that labor creates, all the while erasing the identity of those who have already been erased. What is at play in the work is my perplexity at a tangle of issues surrounding the photographs of “others”; the desires that are woven into them and the power they exert.” Patrick Manning




Manning received a BFA in photography and a BA in archaeology from the University of Washington, and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. He taught at the Herron School of Art and Design, before joining the faculty at UNM where he was the chair of the Photography Department, and is currently on sabbatical. His work has been exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of Indian and Western Art, in galleries across the US, and internationally in Guatemala, Wales, and China. His computer and video based public art projects exploring language, the individual, chance encounters, and the silences of the public sphere have been commissioned by the cities of San Jose and Indianapolis, and were part of the Zer01 biennial. He is currently represented by Gallery19 in Chicago.





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Primary Contact: Sage Paisner, Executive Director

email:      Address: 1714 Paseo De Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501          Phone: 505)470-2582    




 Foto Forum Santa Fe re-opens its darkroom and exhibition space next door to its former space, down the street from S.I.T.E. Santa Fe in the dynamic Railyard Arts District on May 3, 2019 with an art opening, and launch party, from 5 to 8 pm, and an exhibition by photographer Joel Orozco, and screenings of films by Judy Fiskin, video work by Joyce Neimanas, and other contemporary artists at 7:30 pm.


The non-profit arts space is now at 1714 Paseo de Peralta, and received its 501-C-3 status in 2018. Executive Director Sage Paisner opened Foto Forum Santa Fe to focus on the current relationship between photography, storytelling, science, and technology. Foto Forum Santa Fe involves the community through exhibitions, workshops, artist lectures, research, presentations by renowned visiting artists, and outreach to students and the community. The gallery/photo studio/darkroom is equipped with an extensive array of cameras and processing equipment to make alternative processes, like platinum palladium, wet plate, cyanotype, and others, as well as traditional black & white gelatin silver, and digital prints. 


Foto Forum Santa Fe is committed to educate and provide opportunities for photographers and students to experience various forms of analog and digital photography, both historical and contemporary. In January 2019, it held a two-week workshop with students at The New Mexico School for the Arts where they learned how to make digital negatives and print them in the cyanotype process.


For 2019, Foto Forum Santa Fe has planned another exciting season of exhibitions and alternative film screenings, featuring international acclaimed photographers, local New Mexican visual story tellers, and young artists. It will also do panel discussions, critiques, photo contests, workshops, and portfolio reviews.


The grand re-opening exhibit continues Paisner’s vision to host a space where photographers can meet and work together to exchange ideas, processes, and visual story telling. Sage says, “My dream is to create a place in Santa Fe that is a center for new and exciting photography, and discourse about photo arts. New Mexico has long drawn exceptional photographers, and has a vibrant, influential history of photography. Foto Forum Santa Fe is a new home to celebrate and expand photography in the 21st century that is alternative, community centered, and internationally connected.”


Web site:                                     

Contact: Sage Paisner


Address: 1714 Paseo De Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501          Phone: 505)470-2582                





We are still working on our 2019-2020 exhibition schedule. Please return for more information soon.                         

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