"...With this new boost in visibility for local photographers, the Chronicle convened a group of artists in the scene to discuss the place of photography in Austin. Participants included Ben Aqua, an artist and designer who, he says, "picked up photography for fun, just to learn the camera" in 2007 and never put it down and whose work has been shown in Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, and across the U.S.; Elizabeth Chiles, a member of Lakes Were Rivers whose work is featured in both "New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch" and the 2011 Texas Biennial and who teaches at Texas State University – San Marcos and at UT; Santiago Forero, a native of Colombia who moved to Austin in 2007 and has been featured in "Young Latino Artists 15: Consensus of Taste" and "New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch" and was named 2010 Artist of the Year – Photography at the Austin Visual Arts Association Awards; Anna Krachey, also a member of Lakes Were Rivers whose work is featured in "New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch" and who teaches at St..."
"...But the sense of community, the gratitude for Austin's welcoming inclusiveness best expressed last year by Beili Liu after being named Artist of the Year 3 Dimensional Art, was back. Artist of the Year Photography Santiago Forero, who moved here from his native Colombia in 2007, said that he feels more like an Austin artist after three years than he ever felt like a Colombian artist..."
"...For a century now, Hollywood has been drilling into us what a hero looks like: tall, ruggedly handsome, typically Anglo. In his large photograph series Action Heroes, Santiago Forero challenges this ideal by outfitting himself as various Tinseltown he-men..."
"...Maybe you recognize some of the artists because you've been following their careers or because you know them personally? Let's provide you a list: Miguel A. Aragón, Jesus Benavente and Jennifer Remenchik, Ben Brandt, Debra Broz, Elizabeth Chiles, Santiago Forero, Nathan Green, Ian Ingram, Anna Krachey, Robert Melton, Leslie Mutchler, Ben Ruggiero, Adam Schreiber, Barry Stone, and J..."
"...And there are large photographs by Santiago Forero; sculptures by the more usually photographing William Hundley; unsettling, anatomically enhanced video and audio installations by Eduardo Xavier García; a ceiling-abutting video display by Amelia Winger-Bearskin; and more. And all of it adds up to that feeling, amplified by the cathedraline venue itself, of "I'm walking around an exhibition of world-class art like I'd see in some fancy magazine, except this stuff isn't boring like some of the things in those fancy magazines, and it's right here in town." Well, yes, it is: lucky, lucky us...."
"...While photographer Wendel A. White looks to the past, removing space around nostalgic buildings to single out a shape, photographer Santiago Forero looks to the future, saturating a machinist shop with intense colors to turn it into a frightening space out of science fiction...."
"...It's a class as heavy on photography as the previous one was heavy on mixed media and installation work. The "15 to Watch" are Miguel Aragon, printmaking; Jesus Benavente/Jennifer Remenchik, performance; Ben Brandt, sculpture; Debra Broz, sculpture; Elizabeth Chiles, photography; Santiago Forero, photography; Nathan Green, installation; Ian Ingram, drawing; Anna Krachey, photography; Robert Melton, video; Leslie Mutchler, mixed media; Ben Ruggiero, photography; Adam Schreiber, photography; Barry Stone, photography; and J..."
"...I Want to Live in America, Santiago Forero, "Young Latino Artists 14," Mexic-Arte Museum..."