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Meet Bibs Moreno

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bibs Moreno.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Bibs. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Southern California to two teenage Mexican American parents, one who had migrated to the states as a child. I was raised in a multi-generational crowded house with most of my extended family. This included my great grandmother, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Poverty, incarceration, drug addiction, violence, and trauma were all themes played out in front of my eyes growing up. This chaos is what drove me to leave my house at a young age and move to Los Angeles to attend art school and escape my past. I attended Art Center College of Design on a scholarship beginning 2015 after hearing my father was sent to prison. It was devastating and demoralizing. I felt trapped in this cycle. After a period of grieving and processing ultimately, this was the catalyst to get me to go back to school. I had to break the cycle.

Prior to Art Center, I had no formal education in photography other than a class I took in high school. As I really developed my photography, I worked with a lot of these same for mentioned themes subconsciously spilling out of me. Through my art, I’ve come to such a strong understanding of myself that I had so desperately tried to repress. I took my very raw emotional approach and learned how to fine tune it with comprehensive technical training. This powerful combination gives me the ability to make intimate art without sacrificing precision and control with my intention.

I consider myself a vulnerable photographer.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, I had an institutionalized father and a mother who struggled raising me and my siblings as a single mother. I’ve always felt like I was all on my own. And if I failed, there was no safety net to catch me.

When I first started Art Center, it was a huge culture shock for myself. The wage disparity in that school is wild. I had never been around such wealthy people and it had such an impact on my psyche. It was really easy to feel alone and inadequate. There wasn’t too many fellow Latinas when I started and I was up against what I felt like other students with extremely expensive equipment and accessibility to things I couldn’t imagine. I felt out of place and like I didn’t belong. In the beginning, I often felt like dropping out. Eventually, I grew the confidence and found some cool people there that helped me graduate.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a photographer; in the works filmmaker. I specialize in portraits and art.

I’m most proud of my daydreaming mind and ability to always take it there.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God. I’m not that religious but I would be lying if I didn’t mention all the emotional breakdowns along the way I had where I had to get on my knees and cry out to God for help, haha. He definitely answered.

I would have to also mention my dear friends who have not only modeled for me but inspired me, believed in me and cared for me in dark and trying times.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 213-864-5202
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  • Instagram: @Bibsmoreno

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