Photographs have the ability to expand and compress time. They speak of what was, what is, and what will be. We look to photographs to remember and often reenact what we see, pushing old images into the future. 'Imag[in]ing America' depicts a series of locations in the United States as a residue of cultural memory, an inheritance. It is a metaphorical memoir, a narrative re-telling of facts and fictions and it is also a discovery of the dreamland that still is America.

PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints | 2014–2018 | 20”x25"” image on 24”x29 sheet | Edition: 10+2AP.


What is your name? Where are you from? What do you do? Our society treats place as a central identifying characteristic, second only to name and followed closely by profession. We all have a catalogue of images in our mind that we call upon when a city, town, or country's name is mentioned and those images help us to form an opinion of place, and those we meet from there. What is it that makes us ‘of’ a place? As a former American expatriate and one who has lived my adult life essentially placeless this is a central question in my work. In my ongoing project Imag[in]ing America, I am interested in investigating national, regional, and local identities as well as ideas of otherness as they relate to place and documentary photography in America.


Jennifer Garza-Cuen is a photographer from the Pacific Northwest. Currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she received her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her BA in comparative literature was completed at the American University in Cairo. Garza-Cuen is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, The Robert Rauschenberg Residency Award, and the Light Work Residency Award. Public collections include The Do Good Fund, Light Work, the New Mexico History Museum and The Rhode Island School of Design. Garza-Cuen's work has been exhibited internationally and published in contemporary photography journals such as Contact Sheet, PDN, Musée, Blink, Der Greif, The Photo Review, and Conveyor Magazine as well as on-line journals such as Conscientious, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Fubiz, iGNANT, Dazed, and Juxtapoz Magazines.

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