nuestro trabajo es sumamente personal y es el producto de penas complejas | our work is extremely personal and is the product of complex toil
In 2014, after a series of conversations between Latin Canadian women artists Cecilia Araneda (filmmaker, curator), Praba Pilar (interdisciplinary artist) and Monica Martinez (visual artist), we came up with the idea of participating in an artistic process from the starting point of collective dialogue.
We named this initiative Mujer Artista.
From our core group of three, Mujer Artista gradually expanded to involve more artists, including dancers Alexandra Garrido, Camila Schujman and Ilse Torres; visual artists Carolina Araneda and Francesca Carella, and interdisciplinary artist Mariana Muñoz.
We are Latin women artists traversing a canon populated by men. We work without privilege. We carry the weight of our cultural histories, which are often brutal and tragic, and burdened with paradoxes. We are visibly different. We are identified as the ‘other.’ We are never quite made to feel at home.
Our work reflects on the contradictions and uneasy mixings which present an underlying quality that finds no easy comfort; our work is extremely personal and it is also the product of complex toil.
We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts in facilitating the creation of Mujer Artista.