The present body of work was created at the Santa Fe Art Institute residency in 2022 as part of Rebecca Ladida’s broader immersive installation project titled “Carceral Ecologies: Landscapes for Decolonizing our Relations”. It tackles our experiences of colonialism, extractivism, more specifically borders, desire and our relationship to the land via walks and performances for camera, a sustained interest in the practice of listening and tending to the stories that are told to me, to us, in words or else, and that of thinking about what else needs tending.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rebecca Ladida is a transdisciplinary artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, unceded land of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation. Through mixed media installation, sculpture, performance, immersive art, video work, research and DIY curating, Rebecca’s solo and collaborative practice provides modals of intimacy, hospitality and ecological co-habitation fostering new and radical placemaking. They are currently working on a long-term project called Carceral Ecologies at the Santa Fe Art Institute Residency. Ladida’s work has been shown at the Downtown Player’s Club in Atlanta, Dfbrl8r Gallery and Siblings in Chicago, The Situation Room and LACE: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in L.A., RAIZVANGUARDA Associação Cultural in Bordeiro (Portugal), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Festival HTMlles & dpi.23, Ada X, in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, to name a few. They have guest lectured at The School of the Art Institute Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago (USA), as well as Ottawa University in Canada.
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