Manuela Viera-Gallo

2015/2016 Residency: November through January

Born in Rome in 1977 during the exile of her parents, Viera-Gallo returned to Chile in 1984 to study art at the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile. She has been living in New York since 2005.

“Over the past ten years, my work has explored memory from my own experience as an immigrant. Analyzing different processes of political and social instability, it intersects with the idea of ever-evolving memory. Since 2013 , my mind is in ongoing project call “JAUJA” questions the concept of a border beyond the idea of a geographical crossing, addressing the issue as both the reality of, and the dream for a better future—a risky move that begins with a rupture to undertake such a journey. This dream transcends the individual and becomes part of a lineage that includes many others who leave behind a record or documentation that allows us to recognize – following their footsteps – a collective hope.

My artistic practice presents an eclectic body of work that includes painting, sculpture, photography, and video, typically in an installation setting. Its focus is always on subsuming serious themes and topics into the fantastical and darkly comical, combined with a desire to use raw settings and materials to hopefully tease out the ultimate depiction of sociopolitical and human relationships”.

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