Our former communities editor Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva has been in New York City this year, pursuing a Master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing at New York University—but Lisa isn’t the only creative one in her family. Her mother, Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson, is a photographer; Rosa Maria’s complex black-and-white images of Minneapolis will be on display in Mayor R.T. Rybak’s offices from this Friday, May 28 (an opening reception will take place from 3:30-6:00 p.m.) through June 30.
In a press statement, Rosa Maria writes, “During the last decade I have taken photographs for a project called The Quotidian: The First Decade of the New Millennium, which includes images from the United States, Canada, Bolivia, Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, India, and Australia. They are quick sketches that reflect how people live, interact, build, work in their surroundings and what it says about class and culture.
“For the images of Minneapolis I have chosen scenes that blend smoothly into the background, scenes that are too familiar for us to notice in our daily lives. A dynamic city is in constant flux. New structures engulf or replace cherished ones. What once seemed discordant becomes iconic. Successful cities bridge old and new, creating a multiplicity of intricate layers that yield a convivial aesthetic speaking of the city’s origin and pointing toward the future.”
Photos courtesy Rosa Maria de la Cueva Peterson