Ximena Natera Cruz–
Stubborn light / Luz Necia
During the lockdown, photographer Ximena Natera lived alone in her shared apartment in New York City. She found herself paying attention to the space she inhabited and the signs of her presence in a place that never quite belonged to her. She obsessively observed herself: colors and shapes, pores and textures, scars and hair. Until then she had always looked at her body in parts: parts she liked and disliked, parts she did not think about. This project, a document of time spent in isolation, is also an exploration of what gets revealed when you have time to look consciously.
Ximena Natera Cruz is a freelance photographer born in 1992 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. She received her Bachelor‘s degree in Journalism in Mexico City and completed the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice Program at the International Center of Photography in 2020. In her work, the young photographer focuses on women‘s issues and explores the challenges and perceptions of everyday life. Natera currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA.