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Juana Valdes: Multi-Disciplined Artist

Juana Valdes: Multi-Disciplined Artist

 

 





Introduction to Juana Valdes.  3:03 min. Video Montage:  Excerpts from Zachary Balber video created for 2020 Juana Valdes exhibition, Rest Ashore, at Locust Projects. Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Editing & Production: Daniel Domenech. Recorded: 10/22/2020 via Zoom, Miami.

 

JUANA VALDES uses printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and site-specific installations, to explore issues of race, transnationalism, gender, labor, and class. Functioning as an archive, Valdes’s work analyzes and decodes experiences of migration as a person of Afro Caribbean heritage.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Rest Ashore, Locust Projects, Miami (2020); Terrestrial Bodies, Cuban Legacy Gallery, Miami Dade College Special Collections, Freedom Tower (2019-2020); An Inherent View of the World, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami (2017); From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, NJ (2015), and Remnants-What Remains, Thomas Hunter Project Space, Hunter College, CUNY (2014).

Her exhibition An Inherent View of the World was acquired in full by the Pérez Art Museum, Miami and will be featured in the upcoming exhibition, Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art from February 7 – August 9, 2020.

Recent group exhibitions include:  Queer + Peculiar Craft, showcasing recent work by an international group of artists, designers and makers working with ceramics and textiles, The Clemente Abrazo Interno Gallery, NYC (2019-2020); GROUNDED, Spinello Projects, Miami (2019); RAW: Craft, Commodity, and Capitalism, Craft Contemporary, LA (2019); Building a Feminist Archive: Cuban Women Photographers in the US, Pompano Beach Cultural Art Center, FL (2019); Round 49: Penumbras: Sacred Geometries at Project Row Houses, Houston; Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Museum of Latin American Art, presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Long Beach, CA (2017) traveled to: Wallach Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University and Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; and the Delaware Art Museum (2018).

Her work has also been included in group exhibitions in such museums and university galleries such as: Site Santa Fe, Perez Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio, NYC; P.S. 1 MOMA, NYC; MOCA, North Miami;  Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler, Berlin; the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, NJ; Newark Museum, NJ; Galerie Binnen, Amsterdam; and FreeSpace, Sydney.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships include:   Anonymous Was A Woman grant (2020); Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2018), The Ellies Creator Award (2018); The Netherland-American Foundation Cultural Grant, (2011); New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture/Craft (2011); the National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture Visual Artists Grant (2009); and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1998).

Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Valdes came to the United States in 1971. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Parsons School of Design (1991), her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts (1993) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (1995). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is represented in Miami by Spinello Projects.

www.juanavaldes.com

 

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by topic, and run between 60 seconds and 7 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION:  1:43 min.





Where did you grow up and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:   3:36 min.





You don’t have a noticeable Spanish accent when you speak English. At what age did you immigrate to Miami and did you already speak English?

 

INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION:  3:10 min.





You are both a talented visual artist and a terrific storyteller. Which talent did you develop first?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  2:26 min.





Where did you go to school and what did you learn that still informs you today?

 

INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION:  3:20 min.





Describe the arc of your career.

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  5:36 min.





How do you decide which materials you will include to express your ideas in any given project?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:  4:59 min.





How much of your work is multimedia installation projects? And what are your revenue sources to support such work?

 

UNDERSTANDS ARTISTS’ NEEDS:   2:51 min.





What are your thoughts about the Miami art community?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  1:08 min.





Describe a challenging situation with a successful outcome.

 

RESILIENCE:  1:47 min.





Can you teach art students how to be resilient regarding having an art studio?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  1:16 sec.





Talk about the conflict between art from the soul and art from the intellect.

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  6:32 sec.





How did your installation at Locust Projects evolve?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:  1:37 min.





What’s on your drawing board?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:13 min.





What is your favorite movie?