Selma Fernandez Richter, originally from Mexico, has been documenting recent immigrants to the Twin Cities who have been displaced from their country of origin by war, violence and famine. Her project The Ache for Home is a meditation on her own experience of adapting to a new life and home in Minnesota.
Fernandez Richter has received numerous awards including a Forca Noreste artist residency in Mexico, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Centro de la Imagen and the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico City, the New York Academy of Art, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Her work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Nuevo Leon Center for the Arts in Monterrey, Mexico; and the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photography Center in Oaxaca, Mexico. A selection of her photographs was featured in the exhibition and book Women Behind the Lens: 100 Years of Photographic Creation in Mexico, 1910-2010.