Samantha Cabrera Friend is an artist from Chicago who uses tools of photography, writing, audio, installation, journalism, and public research. She explores the relationships of feminine spectacle, performance, community, and identity production as they relate to global experiences of womanhood, celebration, and survival. She is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and is the founder of Quinceañera Archives—a visual repository that fosters online dialogues and community-driven research, around the historical importance of memory-work and quinceañera practice.

Samantha’s methodology is one based in historical research and has led to collaborations with local museums, publications and educational institutions throughout México, Argentina and the United States. Her projects often center citizen collaboration and communities accessed by shared passions and lived experience. In all projects, she works towards illuminating new paths of research and community around utilizing creative mediums to rewrite one’s narrative history.

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