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Valeria Montoya ella/her (MX | 1983)

 

Valeria is a mixed media artist whose work delves into themes of speculative fiction and the archaeology of suspicion, exploring concepts such as history, modernity, and the political epistemology of bodies. Her practice predominantly employs analog materials and techniques, utilizing elements like human hair, electromagnetic devices and technologies, and sensorimotor interactions of the body facilitated by sunlight.

 

In her pedagogical approach, Valeria uses urban walking as a situated tool to develop methodologies for artistic practice. This method aims to untrain the gaze, encouraging the use of other bodily senses and perceptions beyond the eyes to experience and interpret the environment.

Current Art Practice & Academic Background:

Backgrounded in Fine Arts with an MFA in Art-Research and Media Enviroments, Barcelona, University (2012).

Part-Time Educator at UDLAP Fine-Arts, Puebla, Mexico. Since 2017 she runs The Lab Program: Art-research & Mobility Network, an art laboratory focused on exploring art methods that consider site-specific art making, embodiment and space, as a narrative environments. Currently she is running Patio Trasero an experimental and domestic space, focus on investigate dissident ways of living the domestic, through artistic and curatorial practices.

 

Her work has been shown and preserved in collaboration with Mexican and International institutions, such as:

Allied – Kyiv Biennial, The Visual Culture Research Center, Kiev, Ucrania, (2021), MA Narrative Environments,

Central St. Martins, UK (2020); Carico Massimo, Livorno, Italia (2020); Sin Cinta Previa, Chiquimarca Projects, Chicago,USA (2020), Fundación Museo Amparo, Puebla, México (2019); Archivo Eject: Video Performance, en resguardo en el Centro de Documentación, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Ciudad de México (2019); III Bienal del Paisaje, Nogales' Museo de Arte de Nogales, Sonora Mexico (2019); Heinrich Böll-Stiftung Bremen (2019); MEIO Cura-Flotar Programa (2019); Reitir:International Collaboration Project, Iceland (2015).

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