Artists for the Amazon

Rochi León

Our Amazon lives at constant risk. The intrusion of man and the abuse of its wealth threaten its ecosystem and sustainability. Our duty as citizens of a country that has one of the most important and vast areas of rainforest in the world, is to take care of it, preserve it, and set example so more people around the globe can feel identified with this protective mission. The endangerment of the jungle is an alarming reality. Reality that many people disown and feel outside of it. However, this situation affects us all; the environment and the future generations. Therefore, it is important to share and extend this information in order to reach the remotest places, where generally this type of information is not reached. To achieve this, we need to make available our profession and our art so they can be used as communication tools to help solve this problem.

Born and raced in Lima, Peru. Rochi studied Fine Arts at Catholic University, before studying photography at Centro de la Imagen. In addition to this, she followed a year of photography at Miami International University of Art and Design in Florida.

She’s worked as a photographer for several Peruvian media outlets such as El Comercio, Peru21, Gestion, VelaVerde among others. She also worked as a photo editor in ¡Vamos! and Viù, both magazines from El Comercio, one of the most prestigious and oldest journals in Peru. She currently she works as a freelance photographer.

She’s always developed her work in documentary photography. Rochi belongs to a photo collective called Foto-Féminas, which is a platform that promotes the work of female Latin American photographers.

Leon had her first solo exhibition in 2015 and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited in Guatemala, Ecuador Uruguay, India, China and Peru. She’s been 2nd prize winner on the national photo documentary competition Eugene Courret in Peru. On March 2016 she was selected as one of the five photographers who joined a workshop organized by World Press Photo in collaboration with United Nations and Universal Rights Group under the theme “Equal Rights for Women”, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Background

RAECHEL RUNNING

Base: Tucson, AZ 2013

Born: Flagstaff,  AZ 1965

Ethnicity:

Maternal: Trinidadian: Chinese and  African

Paternal: American: Swedish and French Canadian

2nd Language: Spanish

Education:

  • Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC             2003
  • California College of Arts & Crafts CCAC

Candidate for BFA Oakland, CA      1984,1985

  • Graduated Flagstaff High School 1983

Recognition:

  • Flagstaff Cultural Partners  Viola Award in Visual Arts 2012
  • Santa Fe Photo Workshops / FAMILY 2011
  • International Color Awards  2007 & 2013
  • Photo District News Digital Awards 2007
  • David Alan Harvey’s Emerging Photographers 2007

RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS, INTERNSHIPS & MENTORS:

2007 -2011 Residency Spencer and Emi MacCallum Center for Casas Grandes Studies

1984-1985  Galeria De La Raza

Jim Marshall:Sheila Metzner: Marc Hauser: Sam Abell: Nick Nichols: John Running & Sue Bennett

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

SIERRA CLUB BORDERLANDS  Tucson, AZ

Lens on the Border:  Fall 2016

Creative Resistance from the Eyes of Four Borderlands Photographers Group Show

 

MUSEO DE NOGALES  Nogales, Sonora Mexico

Festival Internacional “Unidos por el Arte” 2016

Cuba, Venezuela, México y Estados Unidos.

 

RAICES DE TALLER GALLERY Tucson, AZ

Monsoon Show  AUGUST 2016

 

MEXICAN CONSULATE  Nogales, AZ  2016

Song for the Desert The Land and the People

CENTRE POMPIDOU Paris, France

Amexica The Human Toll of the Wall

Visual Presentation – Oct 2015

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA  Flagstaff, AZ

Trappings of the West  2016, 2015, 2014

 

GALERIA DE LA RAZA San Francisco, CA

Womxn Are Perfect! Group Show   Spring 2016

 

PHIPPEN MUSEUM  Prescott,  AZ

The West through the Lens 2014, 2015

Trappings of the West 2013

 

DESERT CABALLERO MUSEUM  Wickenburg, AZ

Cowgirls with a Camera Invitational show 2013, 2015

 

RAICES DE TALLER GALLERY  Tucson, AZ

Group Show  January 2013

 

FLAGSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER  Flagstaff, AZ

Nepantla, Solo exhibit  Fall  2012

 

COCONINO CULTURAL PARTNERS Flagstaff, AZ

Beyond Borders: The Land, The People & the Fence Fall  2012

 

PHIPPEN MUSEUM Prescott, AZ

Trappings of the West 2011, 2012

 

FLAGSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER Flagstaff, AZ

Solo exhibit :Suenos de Aztlan,  Aug-Sept 2010

 

SCOTLAND, HANNAH MACLURE CENTRE

The University of Abertay’s Hannah

For The Love of the Game 2009

 

SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING  EXHIBITS

Lasting Light; 125 Years of Grand Canyon

Photography 2008-2010

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CULTURES

Casas Grandes,Chihuahua, Mexico

Festival De Paquime 2008

 

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA Flagstaff, AZ

Trappings of the West 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

 

FLAGSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER Flagstaff, AZ

Solo show : Lagrimas De Luz : Tears of LIght 2007

 

KOLB STUDIO SOUTH RIM  Grand Canyon,  AZ

Lasting Light; 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography 2006

 

PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE SQUARE  Flagstaff, AZ

Retablos of Hope with Mountain School  2005

 

HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT

Abrams Art Center New York, NY

Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe? 2001

 

SHONTO RUNNING GALLERY  Flagstaff, AZ 2001-2003

COCONINO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Regional Photo Show Flagstaff, AZ 1989

 

ALTERNATIVE MUSEUM

Dia De Los Muertos Invitational

New York, NY   1987

 

EYE GALLERY

La Mission 3rd Annual 94110 Show

San Francisco, CA 1986

 

GALLERIA DE LA RAZA

Women Artists Invitational

San Francisco, CA  1985

 

SF CAMERAWORKS GALLERY

San Francisco, CA Student exhibition 1985

 

MISSION CULTURAL CENTER

San Francisco, CA

  •  U.S. Against Apartheid          1985
  •  U.S. Out of Central America  1984

 

CAMERA CARD CORRAL Flagstaff AZ 1981

First photography solo exhibit

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORKS & LINKS:

  • Sojourn Magazine
  • Excelente Iberia Airlines
  • Enviva Magazine Avianca Airlines
  • High Country News
  • The Better Bombshell Book Essay with Craig Childs
  • Volleyball Magazine
  • ORION Magazine
  • The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz  DVD art
  • YES Magazine
  • VISION Youth Magazine / China
  • Grand Canyon Plant Guide
  • Arizona Highways
  • Lasting Light: 125 years of Grand Canyon Photography
  • Grammy Nominated CD ART:

Canyon Records Burning Sky Voices on the Wind

  • There’s This River: Grand Canyon Photography
  • Quincy Troupe author portrait
  • Boatman Stories Anthology
  • Missing Mary, Charlene Spretnak
  • British Telegraph
  • British GQ
    • James Lee Burke author portrait
    • Pro Rodeo
    • Techno WarFare
  • Newsweek Japan
    • NewAge Sedona
  • Polo Magazine
  • Smithsonian Air and Space

LINKS:

ISSUU: PUBLISHED WORK  

Dreams of Aztlan Solo Exhibition

KNAU: Connect AZ to Mexico interview

Editorial: Exhibit Review

THE NOISE:  Sign of the Times

 

Vision China  May 2009.Largest Publication in China

Photo Essay 30 page / 6000 word essay on Chihuahua, Mexico.

http://issuu.com/rmrunning/docs/chihuahua-7

 

Sojourn Magazine  Grand Canyon Association   July 2008, 2009, 2014

Photo collages and essay explore the connections of the ancient cultures

between Northern Arizona’s  Colorado plateau and Northern Mexico’s

Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz,Chihuahua.

http://issuu.com/rmrunning/docs/sojourn_36-45

 

Photo, Illustration, Writing and Design:

Amazonaid.org

amazonconservation.org

Amazon:Our Backyards are Connected

Ranchofeliz.com

Tutuaca.org