Camilo Cruz

I am the Community Relations Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court and at the same time I am a professional artist.  As an administrator within the largest court system in the nation, I witness scenes that testify to the human experiences inside the justice system.  As a visual artist, I explore this dynamic through my lenses. Over the course of my 15-year art career I have been granted permission to explore the intensity of the justice system through photography and installation work.  By exposing the justice system, my place of employment, as a massive ‘theater’ of souls, I strive to capture the imagination of justice leaders and governmental institutions and ask them to consider the relationships between institutions and the public they serve on a more profound basis.

I create ‘non-¬‐traditional’ portraiture of real judges, inmates, attorneys, litigants, court administration, and law enforcement to reveal the dynamic relationship between environment and the human body. Unlike ‘traditional’ portraiture, whereby the human figure is the main subject, my portraits emphasize the presence of institutional surroundings and the ‘impressions’ made by institutions onto one’s self-¬‐hood.By creating imagery about the impact of institutional presence, my art seeks to raise consciousness about the institutional or ‘external’ forces that define so many of our experiences as human beings.

I create ‘non-¬‐traditional’ portraiture of real judges, inmates, attorneys, litigants, court administration, and law enforcement to reveal the dynamic relationship between environment and the human body. Unlike ‘traditional’ portraiture, whereby the human figure is the main subject, my portraits emphasize the presence of institutional surroundings and the ‘impressions’ made by institutions onto one’s self-¬‐hood.By creating imagery about the impact of institutional presence, my art seeks to raise consciousness about the institutional or ‘external’ forces that define so many of our experiences as human beings.