Pursuing transparency, justice, and knowledge about the commodities we consume and the people who make them. I believe in the arts of creation, storytelling, and experience as the best sources of wisdom.
Welcome to Yellow Earth! I began Yellow Earth as my creative space to share my photographic and storytelling work, as well as my art projects and writing reflections. Print making and framing for tangible art for purchase will soon be available.
My name is Alexa Romano. I was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but have been based out of the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 5 years. I attended Stanford University on basketball scholarship. I received a BA in Anthropology with a double minor in Art Practice: Photography and Ethics in Society. I researched the bureaucratic and affective productions of “heritage” at both the central Andean town and UNESCO archeological site: Chavín de Huantar, Peru.
I recently graduated with an MA also in Anthropology at Stanford University. I investigated the coffee commodity chain beginning with women and youth small holder coffee producers in Costa Rica, where I explored the mystified, obscured, and ethical/unethical relations that tether producer societies to consumer societies. I ground photography and storytelling at the core of all my research.
In my free time I road cycle, bake bread, make coffee in all ways, take photographs, perform yoga for Down Dog App, rock climb, and seek any opportunity to expand my skillsets.
Reach out: I am always interested in connecting and creating stories for and with people. Although Yellow Earth is just Me for now, a small studio in northern New Mexico called Tierra Amarilla (Yellow Earth) is in the process of construction.
— Alexa Romano
“Anthropology is less about the study of an object, less about gaining knowledge about the world and the people in it, and more about opening our eyes and minds to other possibilities of being.
Anthropology is a way of attending to and thinking an otherwise. To know another is, in some senses, the most intimate act, and as a “way of knowing it is also a way of being.”