Ximena Berecochea is a photo-based artist who simultaneously has developed an academic career in the field of literature. Besides her degree in Photography, she holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto, and she currently teaches at York University. She has shown her work in solo and group curated and juried international exhibitions in Galleries and Museums in Mexico, Canada, the US, Spain, and China. She has been awarded and supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). Her photographic work is part of the Walter Phillips Collection of the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Fototeca Nacional del INAH in Mexico, of Del Carmen Museum Collection (Mexico), and different independent collectors in Spain, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
The conceptualization of language, representation, and aesthetics are fundamental to her artwork. Ximena translates or expands literary forms to visual production and explores the possibilities of the photographic medium. The through-line of her most recent works is related to diaspora and how images can articulate the experience of being and connecting in specific contexts. She grapples with questions of belonging and of alienation, working not to suture but to expose and articulate the fissures.