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Tony Mendoza: Short Stories

Posted on April 22, 2024

Short Stories showcases an ongoing series by Tony Mendoza, a Cuban-born artist living and working in Columbus, Ohio, who, since the mid-80s, has created a body of experimental double-portrait photographs. Mendoza’s signature practice involves coupling photographs with short autobiographical stories to encapsulate his varied experiences. His work invites viewers into his intimate world, sharing a portrait of those subjects captured in black-and-white photographs, alongside a composite “portrait” of Mendoza through the recollected snippets and words shared with the viewer. The works cross a range of emotions, through which Mendoza's inherent humorous personality sings.

Curator: Jordanne Renner, Arts Committee Chair

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