About Me

Monica Flores “Rated M,”(b.1996)  is a non-binary Chicanx artist born and raised in The Bronx. Primarily working with photography, Flores strives to document the existence and resistance of creatives, activists and community members of Uptown New York City. Using alternative processing, meaning hands-on processes used by early photographers, Flores has been photo documenting New York City’s present day diasporas, social movements and the underground music & art renaissance. Though a photo journalistic lens, Flores has been photo documenting the local NYC and Uptown music scene since 2014 and has captured intimate portraiture of the artists/subcultures emerging from it. By converting their photographs into deep-blue water colored cyanotypes, Flores challenges contemporary documentary standards and draws the viewer into a more abstract and experimental form of archiving. By looking at Flores’s work, one could see a range of intimate photos from a Polaroid of their close friends dancing at a uptown house party to cyanotypes portraits of non-binary Uptown creatives to street photographs of the local vendors in the Bronx. Flores views their practice and finds their power in reclaiming the narrative of black and brown working class communities in NYC as they are telling their story and that of their community through their own photographic lens, as a brown non-binary artist from the Bronx.

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