About Me

The camera is my weapon.
Through it I give reason for everything around me.
– André Kertész

Olivia Peregrino's Portrait

Photographer / Web Designer

Olivia Peregrino

Photography is a tool for dealing with things
everybody knows about but isn’t attending to.
My photographs are intended to represent
something you don’t see. (Emmet Gowin)

I’m a documentary and portrait photographer from Monterrey, Mexico interested in visually representing the rights of women and LGBTQ people. I studied Audiovisual Languages at the School of Visual Arts of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and when I finished my degree I worked as a photojournalist for the  newspapers El Horizonte and Publimetro, Also I had collaborated as a freelance in several News media, such as Milenio, El Barrio Antiguo and Los Angeles Press.

Since my beginnings as a photographer, the LGBT community has always been the axis of my personal work, since the fact of portraying people with the same sexual orientation as me is a subject that touches me in a very profound way. When I was a child I never had that opportunity to recognize myself in someone else, even now it is not easy to see myself represented in the media, in literature or the cinema. Due to this lack of visibility, we as LGBT people continue to face rejection and violence by society. So as a photographer I have dedicated myself to visually representing gay, lesbian and transgender women and men.

In 2012 my series “Lesbian Families” was one of the projects selected by Conarte to represent Nuevo León as a guest state at the Entijuanarte Festival. In 2016 I provided the journalist Daniela Mendoza with a large part of my photographic archive of the Gay Parades of Monterrey for her book of chronicles “El que no salte es buga”; and almost at the same time I was invited to collaborate with my images in the book Los jóvenes mexicanos: De 1968 a Ayotzinapa, by Elena Poniatowska, published by Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

From 2009 to 2015 I was documenting the social movements that emerged in Monterrey due to the wave of drug trafficking violence that hit the city by surprise. It was a very long project that I could culminate in the electronic book Renacimiento, Monterrey en la primera década del Siglo XXI, una crónica visual, which the UANL published and has a prologue by Ximena Peredo.

After finishing this book I wanted to turn my life around and breathe other airs, so in 2016 I left my country and immigrated to the United States. I lived in Dallas, Texas for a while and now I live in Los Angeles, which has been one of my dreams for many years. As an undocumented immigrant my life in this country has been difficult, but I have never taken my finger off the line and little by little I have been fulfilling small goals in pursuit of my dreams as an artist.

The last year my project “Natural Bodies” was exhibited at The Vignette Art Fair 2019, selected by Leslie Moody-Castro; The Curated Fridge Summer 2019, selected by Alyssa Coppelman; and CorpoRealities, in PH21 Gallery, from Budapest, Hungary.

Currently I’m working on the post-production of the documentary “Querida Nancy”, about the life of Nancy Cárdenas, the pioneer of the LGBT movement in Mexico.