‘Surface Magazine’ Spotlight on SVA Alumnus Star Montana
March 6, 2017
From Surface Magazine: ‘In today’s hashtag-driven age, artists have many ways to present context for their work. For her part, artist Star Montana—born to a Mexican-American family in Los Angeles—asks a pressing question: ‘What does it mean in 2017 that you can label yourself many things, among them #Latino or #Chicano?’
Montana’s photographs are mostly portraits, shot in the homes and streets of Los Angeles’s Eastside. ‘I connect with subjects that are often forgotten, or photographed looking down on them,’ she says. ‘I don’t see myself above anybody in that way. I like to make eye contact.’ This approach produces an intimate yet forceful point of view.
Growing up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Montana was a self-described wild child. But she always understood herself as an observer…” (For the full story and more photos, click here)