Misia Violencia was what my grandfather would call my grandmother when she was upset. It means Mrs. Violence. She was a strong, intelligent, determined woman who only showed me love, kindness and passion. As I became an adult, I learned about her flaws, only to make me more eager about my past and committed to make reparations.
Misia Violencia has been a source of inspiration for a long time now, and she has become a symbol of struggle, power, love and beauty. My work inherently has traces of these qualities, and it has helped me document and shape an identity I still struggle to comprehend.
I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and had no choice but to migrate to the US when I was 15. Boston is my home now, and I’m forever grateful with this place for it has forged the person that I am. But I yearn to learn about the places I come from and the history behind their people. I believe acknowledging our roots and learning about them is essential to improve as a society. Keeping our past close enriches our culture as this helps us empathize, make amends and reconcile the past with the present in hopes of building a better future. Over all, I would like my work to be about gender, race, ethnicity, migration and identity decolonization.
I use a wide variety of mediums such as photography (digital and analog,) painting, drawing and digital illustration. I’m always learning new ones and updating those I’ve put aside for a while. Change motivates me. Diversity gives strength to my artistic practice as each subjectmatter calls for a specific medium and treatment. My artwork greatly relies on research and the artistic process, as I strive to explore, reflect on and redefine the human experience in order to create.
I would like to invite you to be part of my journey as I discover what my work and heritage are really about. I hope you enjoy what you witness.
“From The Ground Up: Dwelling on Naturalness”, The Middle Gray, Brookine, MA –2016 “Self Portrait”, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT –– 2013
“Alumni Tear Sheet Exhibition”, New England School of Photography, Boston, MA — 2012
“Iphoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs”, The Lunch Box Gallery, Miami, FL — 2012
“Identity Factory”, Espacio Rojo, Córdoba, Spain — 2009
“Visual Revolution”, Blank 45 Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL — 2009
“Go FIgure”, Demet Koc Gallery, Miami, FL — 2009
“Terminal Crew”, Miami Spaces Warehouse, Miami, FL — 2009
“Horse Play”, Atrium Gallery, Miami, FL — 2008
“Jungle Fever”, Flamingo Lake Gallery, Miami, FL — 2008
“Garden Party”, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Beach, FL — 2007
“85@85”, Mi Arte Gallery, Miami, FL — 2007
“Juried Annual Student Show”, Atrium Gallery, Miami, FL — 2007
– Percha Mag, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014. http://perchamag.com.ar/magazine-marzo2014
– Revista Indigo, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013. http://issuu.com/revistaindigo/docs/indigo__6/7?e=6410108/2152913
– Percha Mag, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013. http://perchamag.com.ar/magazine-mayo2013/
– “Self Portrait”, Blurb Book, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2013. http://www.blurb.com/books/4315172-self-portrait
Features & Contest
“Image Feature”, Feature Shoot’s Instagram, 2016
“The Print Swap”, Contest Winner, Feature Shoot, 2016
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