About the Project
By using the historical legacy of her local laundromat’s building as a point of departure, Karina explored the metamorphosis of her Jersey City neighborhood in her project Ask Me: Tell Me. This project allowed her to archive residents’ thoughts about the neighborhood’s transformation through drawing, photographic and text-based contributions. From these contributions Karina created a suite of postcards that are now available at her laundromat.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance.
In 2010, she participated in There is always a cup of sea for man to sail, the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial, where she exhibited work from her project, Memories of Development, a multi-part project that investigates the psychological and cultural legacy of Latin America’s “third world” status through performance, video, and photography. In 2011 she was commissioned by the Laundromat Project (NY) to create a community based public art project in Jersey City.
Skvirsky’s work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including: DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NY (2010), Galeria Proceso (a parallel exhibition with the Cuenca Biennial 2009), The Grossman Gallery, PA,(2008), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007), Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY (2006), Smack Mellon, NY (2007), Momenta Art, NY (2006) and others.
She has received grants from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts), Film and Electronic Arts Grant, NY, (2010), Urban Artist Initiative Grant, NY, NY, (2006), NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts & Culture) Grant, San Antonio, TX, (2006), Puffin Foundation Grant, Teaneck, NJ, (2006) and others.
She has participated in artists residencies that include: Cuts and Burns Residency, Outpost, Artist in Residence Program, Brooklyn, NY, (2008), Harvestworks New Work Residency, NY, NY, (2006), Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY, NY, (2005), Institute of Electronic Arts Residency, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, (2005), MacDowell Artist in Residence Program, Peterborough, NH, (2005 & 2010), Center for Book Arts, Artist in Residence, NY, NY, (2005), Smack Mellon Artist in Residence, Brooklyn, NY, (2004), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace, Woolworth Building, NY, NY, (2003), Cyberart Residency, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY, (2003) and others.