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Careta (2017) passport, acrylic paint
Careta is a self portrait that acknowledges the artist's position as settler in two countries that are in colonial denial and critiques the intricate power dynamics that are embedded in the citizenship policies and regulations of the Canadian government. Careta (kuh-reh-tah) is a Lunfardo word (slang originated and developed in the late 18th and 19th century Buenos Aires, Argentina during the first wave of immigration) to describe an act of hypocrisy or someone pretending to be something they're not. By defacing her passport with the popular art form of fileteado that originated during the same time, the artist challenges oppressive ideals of land ownership and provokes a discussion around notions of Canadian-ness, Argentinean-ness and belonging.
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This history is a lie written on stolen trees (2016) found textbook, permanent marker, pushpins
This history is a lie written on stolen trees is an installation that explores and critiques the systemic colonial thought that has been intricately embedded into North American educational systems. By ripping out pages from an illustrated children's book "They Went Exploring" (1956) that encourages discovery and adventure based on colonizing values, the artist is attempting to challenge the Western romanticization of conquering and stealing 'uncharted' land.
veneno/desenvenamiento (2016) acrylic paint, pencil crayon, felt tip pen
This diptych is an exploration of sexual trauma, self-love and healing.