Working in painting and textiles, Natalia Nakazawa explores ideas of transnationality, cultural identities, storytelling, archives, and patterns of migration. In her jacquard textile series, the artist pulls images from the online open-access collections with a focus on objects that embody historical moments of cultural exchange. Nakazawa’s work encourages critical engagement with personal histories, utilizing the familiar, warm format of the tapestry as a means of creating objects that can be simultaneously comforting and disruptive. Natalia received her MFA in studio practice from California College of the Arts, an MSEd from Queens College, and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has recently been exhibited at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), (Arlington Arts Center (Washington, DC), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), American Folk Art Museum Gallery (Long Island City, NY), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), The Old Stone House in Brooklyn (NY). Natalia has been an artist in residence at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, MASS Moca, SPACE on Ryder, Wassaic Project, Facebook AIR, Interlude Artist Residency, CAMPO Garzon, and Wave Hill Winter Workspace.
Juana Córdova was born in Cuenca, Ecuador in 1973, where she studied and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. She was elected as Ecuador’s representative at the VIII Cuenca Biennial (2004) and has had several solo exhibitions Las Manos en la Masa (2006) at Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca at El Comercio Foundation. One of her most recent exhibitions, A la Orilla (2016), shown at the Municipal Museum of Modern Art of Cuenca, exhibited a panoramic view of her work. During her twenty-year career, the places she has lived have influenced the topics she approaches. From the city or the countryside, her work explores the role of the individual in contemporary society and its relationship with nature. Her installations and objects express her deep concern for the environment. 1992-1997 Escuela de Artes Visuales de la Universidad de Cuenca. Título de Licenciada en Artes Visuales. EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES / SOLO SHOWS 2021 “Reporte del Clima” Proyecto N.A.S.A.L., Guayaquil 2019 “Acantilado” Galería Saladentro, Cuenca “Crónicas de desarraigo” Artpace, San Antonio, Texas 2018 “Acantilado” Galería +Arte, Quito Group Shows 2021 “15 Bienal del Bioceno. Cambiar el verde por azul” Cuenca 2020 “LaPrimera 4ta edición” Nómada Proyecto de Arte, Guayaquil “disCONNECTED” Motorenhalle, Dresde “SINERGIA 2.0” N.A.S.A(L) Guayaquil,