Rapheal Begay (Diné) is a photographer and curator from the Navajo Nation. Currently based in Window Rock, AZ, he serves as a Public Information Officer for the Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources Administration. In 2017, he obtained his BFA in Art Studio with a minor in Arts Management and Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Recognized as one of twelve (12) New Mexico Artists to Know in 2020, he has gone on to exhibit, curate, and collaborate in creative initiatives highlighting Queer and Indigenous art throughout the Southwest.
A Vernacular Response is a photographic series that represents everyday moments and diverse aspects of the Navajo Nation. In support of the visual legacy of the Diné way of life, the documentation of environment creates a moment that celebrates and interrogates its source of creation. As a form of contemporary Navajo storytelling, the series also acts as a (re)collection of intimate moments tied to my own understanding and relationship to my surroundings. In practice, the series of images activates Indigenous perspective, imagination, and life. #WeAreSacred