Donna Huanca

b. 1980, Chicago, USA

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Donna Huanca, PSYCHOTRIA ELATA. Installation view, September 18–21, 2014, art berlin contemporary 2014, Berlin.
Donna Huanca, PSYCHOTRIA ELATA. Installation view, September 18–21, 2014, art berlin contemporary 2014, Berlin.

About

Huanca stages surreal architectural collages activated by live performers. She uses socially coded artefacts of the body such as cosmetics and found clothing to create paintings and sculptures, which become backdrops for these durational performances. Her work pursues an interest in the representation of presence and absence, and the connections between ancient and present-day perceptions of our physicality and how we impact on our surroundings. Painted models, presented as canvases, move glacially through the installation; their morphing tableaux vivants leaving behind scars and ghostly remnants.

Donna Huanca studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt as well as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has been the recipient of the DAAD Artist Grant and a Fulbright research grant. Recent exhibitions venues include the Malmö Konsthalle, Moma PS1 Printshop, New York and Peres Projects, Berlin. She will undertake the Zabludowicz Collection Annual Commission in 2016, culminated in an ambitious solo exhibition across our entire London gallery space this September.


Gallery

Donna Huanca, Muscle Memory. Performance view, June 27–August 8, 2015. Peres Projects, Berlin.
Donna Huanca, Muscle Memory. Performance view, June 27–August 8, 2015. Peres Projects, Berlin.
Donna Huanca, Sade Room (formerly reclusive). Installation view, May 10–June 22, 2014. MoMA PS1, New York.
Donna Huanca, Sade Room (formerly reclusive). Installation view, May 10–June 22, 2014. MoMA PS1, New York.
Donna Huanca, Polystyrene’s Braces. Installation view, 2015. Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV.
Donna Huanca, Polystyrene’s Braces. Installation view, 2015. Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV.