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Elle Pérez

Artist and Photographer

Bronx, New York

In my work as an artist, I am interested in showing and reflecting how people shape and respond to the world. I use both still photography and moving images to see what the camera can specifically reveal about the accidental and incidental poetics of daily life. In my current work, I am presently interested in water, climate resiliency, and our encounters with the mundane facts of life within constant emergency.

Elle Pérez is an artist from the Bronx, New York, who lives and works in New York City. Pérez primarily works in photography and video, depicting intimate moments, emotional exchanges, and visceral details within their portraits and landscapes. 

Their work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally, and has been the subject of institutional solo exhibitions at MASS MoCA; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Carnegie Museum of Art; Public Art Fund; and MoMA PS1. They were included in the 59th International Venice Biennale, the 2019 Whitney Biennial, and have been featured in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ballroom Marfa, Texas, Renaissance Society, Chicago; Barbican Centre, London; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. In 2025, they will present a solo exhibition of new film works at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

They have been an artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Lightwork. In 2022, Pérez received the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. 

Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the Yale School of Art. They have held appointments in the Art, Film, and Visual Studies department of Harvard University, Williams College, The Cooper Union, and taught photography at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City. 

The artist is represented by 47 Canal, New York and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.

Selected Works

A large framed collage with various photographs, reference xeroxes, inkjet prints of photographs, darkroom prints, contact sheets, all pinned and taped to a black canvas from a boxing ring.
A black and white photograph of a hand illuminated from behind holding a small vial of testosterone in the center of the frame. The light illuminates the hand and vial to make them feel like they are glowing.
A woman in her 90's closes her eyes in a dreamlike pose while she holds her own chin as if posing herself for the camera. She is surrounded by out of focus blue green scenery, and wearing a mustard yellow shirt that compliments her brown skin tone. Her skin shows wrinkles that indicate her age, but she holds a pose and wears make up and jewelry that accentuates her beauty and robustness.