Week 9: Artist Conversation – Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera 

Exhibit Information:

Artists: Dalia Banuelos, Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition: Infractions 

Media: photography

Gallery: Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: dbvphotography.com 

Instagram: deliaeffect, dbvqp

About the artists:

Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera are undergraduate studio art majors at CSULB.  They are both seniors. Daniel is applying to the photography program at CSULB.  Dalia and Daniel both like to other types of art besides photography. Other than art, Dalia likes to practice martial arts. Dalia and Daniel are classmates and have known each other for 2 years. They are both transfer students. Dalia transferred from Los Angeles Valley College and Daniel transferred from College of Sequoias. 

Formal Analysis

The exhibition is dimly lit. Black strings connect the pictures on the walls. The pictures are framed by the black strings. They are of different colors and sizes. The black strings criss cross across the exhibit, with more pictures hanging from them. There is a trash can that is filled with photos. On one side of the exhibit, there are 2 people on the floor. One is laying on its side in the corner while the other is kneeling in the center. Some pictures on the walls are crooked, one picture is held on the wall by one pin. Another picture is curved over itself. 

Content Analysis

Dalia and Daniel began working on Infractions after Dalia’s application to the photography program was rejected. After asking several of her classmates, Daniel joined her in her exhibition. The photos used in Infractions are photos that were previously rejected. Infractions is about going against the system and breaking rules. Dalia and Daniel put up a photography exhibition while not being photography majors themselves. Even after being rejected from the program she wanted, Dalia did not give up photography and came up with Infractions. 


I really enjoyed Infractions because I have always been interested in photography. I liked how this exhibit was displayed artistically because a lot of photography exhibitions are displayed simply. They are displayed in line om the wall. While the photos displayed are great, the display is always the same. I also liked how Dalia did not give up on photography and took the rejection and made something artistic out of it. I also think that this exhibit is very relatable because Dalia was inspired by her rejection from the photography program. It is especially relatable with college students because we have all faced rejection before. 


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