Delilah Montoya was born in Texas and raised in Nebraska. She relocated to New Mexico for her studies and credits the state’s ancestral roots for nourishing her exploration of her Chicana identity. Montoya’s photography conceptually delves into the experience of the Southwest people — a mix of Native American, Aztec Mexican, and Spanish lineage. Montoya visually explores this iconography to discuss and confront outsider assumptions on stereotypes and the “documentary gaze” towards the Mesoamerican community. Her installations are narratives that involve not only the participation of the viewers cultural, historical, and spiritual knowledge, but also their senses.
Trail of Thirst: Power Line Train, Ironwood, AZ., 2004
Trail of Thirst: Migrant Campsite, Ironwood, AZ., 2004