Eduardo Rivera is a photo-based artist working in Phoenix, Arizona where he received his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University. Eduardo’s work is in personal collections and has been displayed nationally including the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Tempe, Arizona and splits his time photographing, bookmaking and working at the ASU Art Museum.
I grew up in a public housing sector in South Central Phoenix, where the doors stayed
locked and the lights stayed on. As my teen years approached, I moved to a neighborhood where drugs and police cars had little to no presence. It was nice. As an adult, I returned back to my roots in search of a portion of me that seemed uncharted and curious. What I found was, people. People like me who had a story to tell yet no one to tell it to.
“We are uncomfortable. We love the attention. We are proud.We are afraid. Will they judge?.. We are comfortable.” That hour of convincing, that minute of focusing that second of clicking, nothing matters. We are human.
131, a home, a place where sounds and the scent of food and cigarette smoke are always present and the sense of color remains forever vibrant. Here, since the 1970’s, old Mexican traditions have met new assimilated lifestyles as individuals search for identity and belonging. A space where hope strives to live.
Eduardo recently finished his B.F.A. in photography from Arizona State University.Find more work on his website, eduardorivera.com