Throughout the last decade, Eduardo L Rivera has made images of his family and community to contemplate the personal and political histories that ripple through his childhood home near the United States and Mexico border. His photographs depict fragments of the quotidian and borrow from visual traditions such as portraiture, still-life, and landscape to negotiate the poetics held in the everyday. Through his frequent return to photographing these domestic and arid environments, he considers the significance of light and notions of time and belonging as threads woven throughout the fabric of his work. Rivera uses medium and large format cameras to deepen and extend his engagement with the people and places he photographs. During his residency at TILT, he is working on synthesizing the archive into a book. Visitors are invited to experience a glimpse of his process on display in the TILT Artist Lab through his photographs, mock-ups, and expertise in book binding.
Eduardo L Rivera is an artist from Arizona who currently lives and works in New York. His photographs have appeared in Aperture, Capricious, Der Greif, and the New York Times Magazine, with solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Recent studio residencies include Mass MoCA and the Visual Studies Workshop. He received the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and the 2023 En Foco Fellowship Award. Rivera was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2019). He holds a BFA in Photography from Arizona State University (2011), a MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art (2016), and a Certificate in Teaching from Harvard University (2020). From August – December 2023 he will exhibit a selection of his photographs at Light Work in Syracuse, NY with an accompanying Contact Sheet publication.
TILT’s AIR Program provides support to talented, self-directed, committed artists who are advancing contemporary photography by incorporating innovative approaches to making in their practice and engaging with subject material that is grounded in a programmatic framework. Participants receive a stipend, access to high-end digital facilities/equipment, and the opportunity to share their work with the public. Each year two artists from the Philadelphia metropolitan area and 2 artists whose work addresses diversity, equity, justice and inclusion are selected by TILT team members. For more information about the residency, please visit our website.