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A conversation with Brendan Nakahara & Chaz Bundick. Photos by Andrea Granera for @mydnandfrnds zine vol. I

NAGA TEASE music video for Kohinoorgasm.

co-directed + co-shot by Andrea Granera. Click to play.

 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA FOR  ISABEL HALL  X  POENA EXCESS COLLABORATION

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA FOR ISABEL HALL X POENA EXCESS COLLABORATION

YOU DON’T NEED TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU DESERVE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. YOU CAN BE A COCKY BITCH IF YOU WANT TO AND I WILL ALWAYS CELEBRATE YOU, CELEBRATING YOU. IF I FEEL THREATENED BY THAT, I WILL TAKE THAT UP WITH MY INSECURITIES (BUT THAT’S A WHOLE NOTHER THINK PIECE, OR TEN).

EXPERIMENTING WITH SELFIES HAS GIVEN ME A TANGIBLE WAY TO TRACK MY PROGRESS OF SELF CONFIDENCE AND AGENCY. IT HELPS ME TO MOVE AND FLOW WITHIN THAT TURBULENT STRUGGLE. WHETHER OR NOT SELFIES ARE YOUR THING, I HOPE EVERYONE CAN EMBRACE THAT BEING A SUBJECT CAN BE EMPOWERING AND INFORMATIVE...

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BERKELEY'S ON FIRE music video for SWMRS

co-written and featuring Andrea Granera. Click to play.

 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA FOR  ISABEL HALL  X  POENA EXCESS COLLABORATION

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA FOR ISABEL HALL X POENA EXCESS COLLABORATION

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We carry with us several layers of displacement, for better or worse. But on this day, we were just fucking around, subconsciously enjoying the fruits of who we work hard to be.

It sure comes with a lot of homework and heartache, but when I’m focused on my work I feel it as a superpower. Only you can come through and build the special blue print for your hustle. Lindsay says she’s obsessed with her story and she just has to see it through — just to know how the mother fucker ends…

read and see more of this photo essay on MODERN GIRLS

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Religion in a latin household often reaches further: it's life, it's family, it's culture, it's aesthetics, it's traditions, it's relationships, it is memories of all kinds. Over Christmas break I took a look at my photo album from my first communion. A lot of inter-familial hardship and struggle is associated with these photos and the iconography around them. As I start to really solidify who I am at 22, revisiting these helps me visualize and contextualize my relationships with my relatives, my culture, and my spirituality. I want POBRECITA to help latinx womyn visit their confusing childhoods. Many of us juggled liminal identity spaces with culture and religion yet kept a cute smile on our face, rosaries in our hands, and said prayers every night. Many years later, with some weird anthropological perspective and a liberal arts degree, what do these symbols mean to us? They are now pouring out of my work subconsciously and consciously, there's a serious pull for reclamation and ownership as we see them seep into commercial hipster culture (prayer candles sold at urban outfitters). There's so much orbiting around my relationship to latin catholicism, and POBRECITA is the beginning of my investigation.

For MIJITA Art Collective, New York, 2017

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The internet was like the kid who lived next door that you'd always play with, we had parallel trajectories of growing and expanding rapidly and chaotically every year. I was so embarrassed when I found this about-me I wrote in my photo bucket account, but I realized it's important to note how awkward, performative but ultimately pure myspace was in its early days, just as we are at that age. Sometimes the internet was the closest friend I had. It was a place to be validated for the types of feelings 12 year olds don't have the capacity to articulate. I would say everything about me is inextricably tied to a lonely but creative, self-reflective childhood with the internet. I wouldn't have developed my humor, emotional intelligence, and personal style without this foundation. It's fun, it's special. I'm very much still dreabo0xoxo123.

 For ASL Art Show, New York, 2018