Cynthia Hooper uses video, essays, paintings, and research-based projects to examine and interpret infrastructural landscapes in the United States and Mexico. Her detailed investigations patiently capture the incidental, effectual, and emblematic activities that define these complicated places, and also advocate for the efforts of regional laborers, activists, and researchers who tactically refashion their complex geography. Her generously observational strategies and evidence-based narratives honor the diversity of perspectives that index the sites that she studies.
Cynthia has worked with Tijuana's complex urban infrastructure, contested and politicized water issues along the U.S./Mexico border, as well as projects about water, power, industry and agriculture in California, Oregon, Arizona, and Ohio. Recent sites examined include the reconfigured wildlife refuges of California’s Central Valley, the artificial wetlands of Mexico's Colorado River Delta, and the built environment of California's Humboldt Bay. Exhibitions and screenings include the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Santa Fe Art Institute, Casa del Lago (Mexico City), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, and MASS MoCA. Cynthia has also been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, as well as grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Gunk Foundation. She lives in Northern California.