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María Fernanda - Labor Studies

María Fernanda
Labor Studies

Labor Studies is an analysis and reflection on the ways my family, and consequently me, have had our bodies exploited within a system that values labor but discards the being. The numbing and often deadly repetition of constant daily labor within unsafe and pathetically low wage workplaces is the reality of most immigrants around the world. The emphasis on productivity and profit at the cost of wellbeing and human dignity seeps into every crevice of life.

María Fernanda was born in San Juan, PR and currently resides in Chicago. She is a new media and fibers artist working primarily in experimental 3D, art game design, and fabric construction and manipulation. María Fernanda utilizes the power of cuteness, saturated colors, textures, and earnestness to explore and interpret shifting spaces, trauma, exploitation, and migration amongst other topics.

…by artists is an artist-led curatorial programme, where selected artists present online work and invite their peers to create a succession of content around the yearly theme for a period of two weeks. This strand of AOS aims to create networks between continents of digital artists as the current exhibiting artist is then asked to invite the next artist to participate in the project, keeping the chain going. The digital collage created through the ongoing series will become automatic, exploring various ideas as it develops, and aims to form a conversation between peer groups and acts as a stage for presenting new work by emerging artists.

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