(she, her) b. 1955, Fort Worth, TX
Delilah Montoya is a self-identified Chicana artist who poses questions about identity, power, land, borders, gender, community, and family that she explores through either print or photographic processes that tell specific stories pointing to larger experiences. One can think of Montoya as an artist, scientist, anthropologist, sociologist, and humanist. Her works are highly cerebral and conceptual on the one hand, and aesthetically dense and psychologically complex on the other. She is a founding member of the artists’ and activists’ collective Sin Huellas (Without a Trace). Based in Texas, Sin Huellas brings attention to the actual practices of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the frequent tragedies surrounding the daily realities of families held in detention.
Montoya’s practice, which investigates cultural phenomena by addressing and confronting viewers’ assumptions, is exemplified by works such as Women Boxers: The New Warriors. This book and photographic project was exhibited at Project Row Houses, Houston, and in the exhibition Body Amor at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Her work was selected for the International Center for Photography’s exhibition Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003) and for Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2001), and is included in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Montoya is a professor of art at the University of Houston.