Paulina Velázquez Solís: Multi/ciclos

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Abstract image of green and brown splotchy patches with a pair of bright white eyes with dark black pupils in the background.

Exploraciones (2022), still image from multimedia performance, Casa49, San José, Costa Rica. image / provided

Visiting Critic Paulina Velázquez Solís is a multimedia artist and curator. She is bi-national, with family and cultural ties to Mexico, where she was born and where she grew up, and Costa Rica, where she has lived her adult life as an artist. She works with installation, sound, sculpture, drawing, animation, and media performance. Her work relates to the body and the biological and natural world in interaction with the cultural and social notions of normalcy.

Her work has been presented internationally in places such as Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, TEOR/éTica, and Instituto México in Costa Rica; Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan; ExTeresa Arte Actual in México City; Museo de Arte in San Salvador; Torino Contemporanea in Italy; La Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba; Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC; UCLA Biennial in Los Ángeles; Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland; SUNY Gallery in New Paltz, New York; Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, The Lab, and the Berkeley Art Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area; Mengi in Reykjavik, Iceland; as well as various film and experimental music festivals.

Velázquez has a B.F.A. and Licenciatura in printmaking from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, and an M.F.A. in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in California as a Fulbright Scholar. Parallel to her art practice, she has curated exhibitions in Centro Cultural de España in San José, Costa Rica, and for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, as well as independent curatorial projects with Central American artists in Costa Rica and the U.S., most recently as the codirector of Cultura Ithaca (2020–21). She is faculty in the Department of Art at Ithaca College and at Cornell University and is the cochair of the Communications Committee for New Media Caucus.

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