Steven Molina Contreras

January 2021

Steven Molina Contreras (b.1999 San Salvador, SV) is an artist whose work addresses how immigrant families reclaim the land and images in which they are portrayed. Through a documentary staged approach, he re-contextualizes the different narratives that exist within his images; he pairs them in order to reveal an evocative truth to himself and his collaborators: his family. Molina Contreras holds a BFA in Photography and Related Media from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Selected press includes Aperture; Humble Arts Foundation; booooooom; Puss Puss Mag. Selected commissions include the New Yorker; the Guardian; the New York Times; TIME; the WSJ. His work has been exhibited in group shows in NYC and NJ. He has lectured at the School of Visual Arts; the Fashion Institute of Technology; Marble Hill Camera Club. He currently lives and works in Long Island and New York City.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has constrained our ability to physically host artists in Syracuse, Light Work has responded innovatively to offer continued support in the form of remote residencies. The remote residency experience support artists in developing their artistic practice from their home or designated studio space. In addition to the stipend, artists will benefit from technical, professional, and creative support, as well as the extraordinary freedom to determine their own residency’s shape and timing. Our AIR participants can use their month to pursue their projects: photographing, scanning, printing, editing for book projects, and working closely with our staff for feedback and conversation.