Pita Arreola-Burns & Elliott Burns
Martin Mayorga & Vanessa Murrell
Spread the Virus is a year long monthly curatorial project, co-organised with an invited guest curator, culminating in an online exhibition of 12 artists. As a result, the show evolves over 12 months, with one artist being announced each in response to the previous one, building over the course of the year into a group show which responds to unfolding events and reflects contemporary digital discourse. Like an uncontrollable pandemic, the exhibition integrates the functionality to shift, evolve, and re-direct its course, charting an unexpected course as it spreads itself chronically and through the internet rhizome. Consequently, in February 2020, it will culminate with an online show which intends to chart the year through aesthetic as well as social and political lenses.
11.02.2019 — 11.02.2020
World Wide Web
Filmed in 360°, Fernanda tells the everyday story of families split across borders, seen from the perspective of Ponce’s 9 year old cousin Fernanda. Taking place in Ecuador, over the new year period, Fernanda takes us through city streets as fireworks explode overhead, announcing herself and optimistically greeting everyone in the Estados Unidos. Later she tours us through her home, asking busy relatives to say hi to the camera as they help to prepare the holiday cena. Overlapping this backdrop Ponce introduces fragments of footage, showing ceremonial burnings of Disney icons and the 3d scanning of cultural artefacts, speaking to the post-colonial influence the United States has on Latin America and the status technological prowess grants one nation over another. These deeply complex conversations run parallel to the unbridled joy Fernanda takes in exploring the platform her cousin’s camera gives her to speak to the world. *Please note that the video is best viewed on a headset or smartphone screen.
Libbi Ponce is an Ecuadorian-American artist whose work explores Latinx-Futurism and modes of decolonisation. Drawing from her status as a first-generation immigrant, her family heritage and experience growing up digitally native, Ponce creates immersive video installations, remixes daily video documentation, has developed an interstellar alter-ego and carves Pre-Columbian puppies. She has exhibited across the US, in Los Angeles, Michigan, New Orleans, New York, Saugatuck and Tampa, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Recently she took part in the Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists Residency, attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Currents Undergraduate Summer Residency as a Dina Wind scholarship awardee, and founded the curatorial project Migrant Mothers. She currently works as an art instructor at the Tampa Museum of Art.