Within the Program “Together Apart: Cohabiting Borders, session #7”, on Thursday, February 17, Patricia Villalobos Echeverria joined us in a meaningful lecture-dialogue with the fellows of the program. Patricia presented her work that revolves around the sense of the “normal”, the absurd and the subversive, altering / imploding them through sensory and perceptual experiences, presenting them with the complexity of seeing, feeling and hearing in different situations and contexts.
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría was born in the USA to Salvadoran parents, and she grew up in Managua, Nicaragua before moving back to the USA. She has a hybrid practice of prints, photos, video, installations and participatory projects that pivot around issues of migration, navigation, displacement and transformation. Her projects have been exhibited in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. She is the recipient of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Artist Grant, the Oregon Arts Council Fellowship, PA Council for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Heights Residency Fellowship from the Heinz Endowment and has been an artist in residence at Ox-Bow, Artist Image Resource, Proyecto´ace, The Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the MacDowell Arts Colony.
My artwork pivots around issues of migration, navigation, displacement and transformation. Through a hybrid practice that encompasses print media, site-specific and participatory projects, I tap into our sense of memory, of being and of belonging within the divergent territories we inhabit –geographic, cultural, social, political– and the (in)stability therein. As an artist, I am interested in engaging various publics and contexts with works that encompass the perceptual, the sensorial and the experiential.
1965 | Memphis, USA
Lives and works in Kalamazoo, MI, USA
1988 | BFA, Louisiana State University
1990 | MFA, West Virginia University
2021 | We Art the Global Majority, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA
2019 | Retrace:MI (Participatory art project), Grand Rapids, USA
2018 | Retrace:MI (Participatory art Project), Art Hop, Kalamazoo, USA
2017 | Transporta Managua (Participatory art project), Managua, Nicaragua
2016 | tukituktuk (Participatory art project), Feijiacun, Beijing, China
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2018 | Yellowstone National Park Fellowship residency, Yellowstone, USA
2018 | National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant for Retrace: Michigan
2017 | Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative (KADI) grant, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo for Retrace
2016 | Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA), grant, Western Michigan University for project Transport, Displacement, and Memory
2016 | Red Gate residency, Beijing, China Itinerant Summer Seminar
2015 | Ox-Bow residency, Saugatuck, USA