The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Round and Round, a performance and fiber art installation by BOLT resident Johana Moscoso.
This solo exhibition celebrates the artist’s family migrations to the United States of America, and meditates on gender and labor. It is being presented in November, the same month as the U.S. presidential election of 2016, and involves a collaboration with Latina seamstresses who are immigrants or first-generation Americans living in the city of Chicago. This exhibition is partially supported by the Individual Artist Program Grant of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through which federal funds are provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Johana Moscoso is an artist who explores co-narratives of South American and North American cultures. She incorporates a variety of media into installations that express her interest in gender roles, culture, and migration.
In her fiber work, she utilizes stitch and embroidery to create tapestries that reference the migratory journeys of her family. These tapestries become abstract maps that trace the time, labor, and nostalgia of these journeys. In her performance work, she strives to evoke intimate feelings that cannot be described in words but are better expressed through movement. By using traditional Latin dance in her performances, Moscoso questions gender roles in Hispanic culture. Engaging these fragile human states is the pivotal endeavor in her performance work.
Ultimately, her application of fiber, textiles and performance with physical environments has enabled her to create performative installations that empower the feminine presence and celebrate culture and migration.