I make visually loud expressions that all take part of an artistic-political strategy of questioning supremacy, redefining western norms of aesthetics and claiming space while re-appropriating one’s culture.
As a queer latino in Sweden I’ve always hidden parts of myself just to be able to be accepted, forced to strategize my personality for others comfort. Hiding and adjusting my identities, the same ones the society have given me and told me to be ashamed of The Latin ,The Queer and The Feminine. I’ve come to realize that they are of the utter most importance for me to express, not only for myself but most of all for the sake of partaking in creating a history that does not hide or deem these aesthetics or people as something less.
By combining materials, colors and compositions I want to create monumental pieces that change our perception of our preconceived way of viewing aesthetics and identities.
Through theory and pop culture references I want the viewer to be forced to notice these aesthetics and question the roots of their personal taste and how they might stem from a history written by a white heteronormative society who’s intention was to exclude and erase minorities and perspectives that where deemed as too different or too norm breaking.
I want to criticize the existing preconceptions of beauty and taste. I also want to criticize having to grow up with a lack of diversity of expressions and social conduct all while western ideals are depreciating immigrant or feminine tastes. It’s important for me to counteract this silencing by working big and bold and by creating works that present what has been seen as lower as something proud and powerful.
Mail me maybe?
I was born in Norrköping, Sweden in 1989 and moved to Stockholm to study art at preparatory schools Nyckelviksskolan and Gerlesborgsskolan between the years of 2009-2012. I got my Bachelors Degree at Konstfacks Fine Arts Department in the year 2015. In the beginning of 2016 I was asked by the Stockholm Public Transport "SL" to show a piece at the Metro Station Odenplan in Stockholm. I created the installation called ”I Wish This Was On My Way To Somewhere”, the installation was later asked by Stockholm Läns Museum to take part in the group show ”Medan du väntar”.
In the fall of 2016 i was commissioned to create the artistic interior for one of the new floors at Södersjukhuset (Stockholm), and started my Masters at Konstfacks Fine Arts Department. In 2018 I participated in the group show ”Haceiendo Contexto” in Lima, Peru and I got my Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Konstfack. For my examination project I was awarded a grant that gives me a free studio for a whole year, a stipend from the Swedish Royal Art Academy and also got to be on of the two students to represent konstfack at Art in the alps Youth Biennale, Brixen/bressanonne Italy. This year I have participated in group shows at Low Gallery in Oslo, Norway and also at Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden.
Photo: Karoline Montero Araya