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Selected image for 2011 TWELVE showing.

Selected image for 2011 TWELVE showing.

Christina Gomez-Mira graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Spanish Literature. She went on to spend two years as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in a rural village in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She later worked for a non-profit in Austin, Texas aiding newly arrived refugees in the resettlement process. Her interest in photography was born when she began photographing Somali Bantu refugees and their experiences on arriving in the U.S. Christina worked with a wildlife photographer in Panama on a story for National Geographic and on a project documenting the gentrification of the Historic District of Panama City. It was while photographing medical relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit that she felt she was on the wrong side of the camera and an interest in working in health care was re-inspired. She is now a 2nd year medical student at UTMB interested in preventative and integrative medicine, addressing health inequities and fusing her passions for visual arts and health.

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