After moving from Mexico City to the United States, Xavier Tavera learned what it felt like to be part of a subculture- the immigrant community. Subjected to alienation has transformed the focus of his photographs to share the lives of those who are marginalized. Images have offered insight into the diversity of numerous communities and given a voice to those who are often invisible.
Tavera has shown his work extensively in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, nationally and internationally including Chile, Uruguay, and China. His work is part of the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Plaines Art Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota History Center and the Weisman Art Museum. He is a recipient of the McKnight fellowship, Jerome Travel award, State Arts Board, and Bronica scholarship.
“A plague that has marked most Latinos living in the United States is the notion of the border, whether they were born here or not. It’s so extremely politicized. So, I felt that I have to go there [to the border] and look at it myself to try to understand what this notion of ‘the border’ means.”X. Tavera