antonia wright

Antonia Wright

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My work revolves around three main preoccupations – gender politics, bodily endurance and extreme emotion/action in the public sphere. My performative approach explores empathy in contemporary life through a multifarious, process-oriented practice combining video, performance, photography, poetry, sound, and sculpture. I create works that are based on extreme, sometimes aggressive and logistically dangerous gestures, using my own body. My interest in using my own body as a principal tool enables me to undermine the boundaries of gender politics, to challenge social conventions via an extreme physical or emotional action, and to test the endurance of my viewers. By questioning social norms through physical actions that combine danger and beauty, aggression and vulnerability, I am trying to restore a sense of immediacy and elicit emotion and concern for the other.

Antonia Wright is a Cuban-American artist born in Miami, Florida. Wright received her MFA in Poetry from The New School in New York City in 2005 as well as at the International Center of Photography for photo and video in 2008. She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has participated in artist’s residencies both nationally and internationally. Wright has had solo shows at Spinello Projects, Locust Projects, MoCA:NoMi, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, (Miami, FL), Luis de Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and Pioneer Works (New York). Her works were included in group exhibitions at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), The Perez Art Museum (Miami), The Faena Arts Center (Buenos Aires, Argentina), The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Aeroplastics (Brussels, Belgium), The National Gallery of Art (Nassau, Bahamas), and Ping Pong (Basel, Switzerland). In April 2012, she became and founded the first artist-in-residence at the Lotus House Shelter for women and children in Overtown, Miami. She is represented by Spinello Projects in Miami, FL and affiliated with Luis De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles.

Wright’s work has been presented in publications including The New York Times, Artforum’s Critics’ Picks, Art In America, Hyperallergic, i-D, New York Magazine, Daily News, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and The Art Newspaper.