San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican photojournalist and educator Yadira Hernández-Picó is also founder of the socially engaged photography-based nonprofit organization "El duende que habita en tu alma" [The duende that inhabits your soul], which is committed to exploring the possibilities for creative visual storytelling to advance social justice within underrepresented communities in Puerto Rico.
Yadira is engaged in an extended, ongoing fieldwork that employs photographs and text to create a powerful and resonant representation of her subjects. Her photographic work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited worldwide. Her personal long-term documentary project chronicling the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, "Volver a casa" [Returning Home], has been recognized with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts Grant (2020), and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (2018), as well as featured by Lens Magazine in the February 2021 issue.
2021 - Lens Magazine , 2020 - NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, 2018 - National Endowment for the Humanities Grant