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Upcoming Exhibitions


Descent at ICA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Galler, Philadelphia,PA


Descent animates alternative modes and materials of inheritance across generations of families, artists, and artworks. While inheritance, influence, and other acts of transmission often move down vertical lines of property and patrimony, the works in this exhibition unsettle this passage with forms of heredity that are often undervalued or unconventional: used or surplus possessions, intergenerational collaborations, maternal memories and matter, transatlantic journeys, spoken words, and sound waves.Descentwill be on view from April 29 through August 14, 2016 in ICA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Gallery.



"Los poemas que declamaba mi Mamá", Performance DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador


For more information: http://icaphila.org/exhibitions/7915/descent

Live Performance: May 11, 2016



The Perilous Journey of Maria Rosa Palacios

DPM Gallery, Ecuador (2016)


The Perilous Journey of Maria Rosa Palacios, a black and whie film, reenacts one woman's 1906 journey from the Valle del Chota, the Afro-Ecuadorian region in the state of Imbabura, to the coastal city of Guayaquil. She traveled on foot and by mule through the perilous Andean mountains until reaching Guayaquil. I will perform the character of Palacios in collaboration with her descendents (my relatives) who still live in the area. We will together reconstruct her journey sans railway and record the reenactment using black and white, 16mm film and HD video.


Follow the project on The Perilous Journey of Maria BLOG






I recently participated in Office Hours, Back in 5 Minutes, an Artist in Residence program at El museo del barrio from November 10 through February 13, 2016.


My studio in the galleries at El museo del barrio


For more information about Back in 5 minutes:






Contornos [sensaciones del mundo] 2015

CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo)

Quito, Ecuador


The Drones, 2014


For more information: Review of Contornos in Riorevuelto


Interventions II

Curated by Isidro Blasco at Hudson, NY

Opening date:Jan. 31 1-6pm


Intervention: How to elude El mal de ojo or evil eye


Having purchased a home in Hudson last November, Isidro Blasco has invited 14 artists to apply their ideas to this structure before he begins the renovation.


Participating Artists are: Beth Campbell, Clare Churchouse, Andrew Dupont, Max Maximilian Goldfarb, Laetitia Hussain, Mala Iqbal, Laura Sue King, Tom Kotik, Jaime Jaime Munárriz Ortiz, Ivan Navarro, Ruby Palmer, Karina Skvirsky, Grace Sullivan, Dannielle Tegeder


The house is located at 257 State Street, Hudson NY 12534.


For more information.



Solo Exhibition


The Drones

DPM Gallery Arte Contemporaneo

August 6-Sept 13, 2014


Rocket over Guayaquil, 17" x 22", photo collage


For more information.







Ready or Not 2014 New Jersey Annual: Fine Art

Newark Museum

June 27-Sept 7, 2014


Blogs from la ruta del sol: Pichon


Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102.


July 17, 2014: Artist in the Galleries


For more information.





Solo Exhibition


Proposals for an Ecuadorian Pavilion in Venice

Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia

June 25 - July 26, 2014


Proposal #6, 17" x 22", photo collage


For more information.








Once upon a Time, There Was the End

The Center for Book Arts

April 18-June 28, 2014



Opening Reception: Friday, April 18 6-8pm


The Center for Book Arts is located at 28 West 27 Street, 3rdFl centerforbookarts


Check out Curiator.com, which launched last week.


Borrowing its title from the stock opening and closing phrases of traditional oral narratives, in particular fairy tales,Once upon a Time, There Was the Endpivots around two central themes: stories elicited by modalities of the book in the face of rapid technological transformation, and anxiety about the end of the book as echoed in apocalyptic, dystopian and speculative visions. The exhibition presents the work of eleven artists who employ conceptual strategies and material forms that consider the dematerialization of the book; the interplay between physical and digital; and irreducible form(s) in books, works on paper, photography, video, sculpture, performance and Web-based projects.Artists include: Madeline Djerejian, Ellen Harvey, Warren Lehrer, Loren Madsen, MomenTech, Mitch Patrick, Emilio Chapela Pérez, Lisa Schilling, Sara Shaoul, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Andrew Norman Wilson.


Friday, May 9, 6:30pm: Performances by Warren Lehrer and Karina Aguilera Skvirsky,

followed by a conversation with the artists including Sara Shaoul


"Los poemas que declamaba mi Mamá", Performance DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador






Launch of Review 87: Mario Vargas Llosa's Legacy/

Contemporary Andean Fiction & Arts


Cover of Review 87. Image © Karina Aguilera Skvirsky.

Design by José Pablo Negroni.


Interview with

Gabriela Rangel & Christina De León

pages 280-287

For more information:

Description of current issue of Review 87








323 West 39th St. #908



Proposal for the Ecuadorian pavillion in Venice, 2013



Thursday, October 24
6:00-10:00pm (opening night)       

Friday, October 25


Saturday, October 26 








Artist Lecture
Montclair State University


Blog from La ruta del sol, video still, 2011


Tuesday, October 29, 2013
2:30 - 4:20 PM

Calcia Hall 135



Bloomfield Avenue Hotline
April 4, 2013 - June 16, 2013
Bloomfield Avenue Hotline, a joint project by artists Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden, was selected to be the winner of the first annual Bloomfield Avenue Prize. The project unites the communities of Bloomfield College and Montclair Art Museum through technology.

Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham
January 30-April 27 2013

George Armwood, lynched in Princess Anne, MD, 1933, 2007, C-Print, 30” x 24”

I will be including work from North·East·South, lecturing about my work, and participating in a panel discussion at the University of Maryland.

North·East·South explores the material traces of a traumatic American past in order to initiate a dialogue about the intersection of American history and public space. The project includes two photographic series depicting Maryland lynching sites as well as markers and crownstones that demarcate the Mason-Dixon line. This project began as an investigation into growing up two blocks from the Washington D.C.—Maryland border and well below the Mason-Dixon line. By revisiting the familiar places of my childhood, “North·East·South” focuses on their broader implications as sites of collective memory.

Audra Buck-Coleman, Curator

1202 Art-Sociology Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD, 20742

About the exhibition:
1963 was a year on fire. Birmingham, Alabama was the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement, which was being waged at the expense of lives, homes and livelihoods. The year began with newly inaugurated Alabama Governor George Wallace proclaiming “Segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.” The year ended with President John F. Kennedy being assassinated after he initiated what would become the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Birmingham was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement. It was here that elementary and high school students were scoured with water from fire hoses and that four girls would die at the hands of Klu Klux Klansmen in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. Rev. Martin Luther King wrote letter from a Birmingham jail and later gave his “I Have a Dream Speech” in Washington, D.C.

Fifty years later, racial profiling, stereotyping and identity repression are still smoldering in this “post-racial” era. “Network of Mutuality: 50 years post-Birmingham” offers a selection of provocative works about the injustices of 1963 and today’s contentious-yet-critical issues of race, representation, and otherness.

*A catalogue will be produced in conjunction with
Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham and the exhibition will travel to other venues. (STAY TUNED)


Opening March 31, 2013
Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities
March 2013

Video still from "El Espectáculo", 2008

I will be including El Especatáculo, a 3 channel video, at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery as part of Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities, a group exhibition, curated by William Heath & Zeljka Himbele. El Espectáculo appropriates video footage from oft-videotaped celebrity trials and daytime talk shows. Excerpted celebrities and audience members from daytime talk shows make their entrance onto the video stage like marionettes continuously “performing” their gesture. Their angular repetitive gestures echo the choreography of military marches while referencing Busby Berkeley’s film extravaganzas. An original 5.1 soundtrack sampled and composed from musicals and news footage are synchronized with the movements of the characters suggesting a choreographed dance within the tableau

Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities

Three or four times a year, the planet Mercury appears to move backward in its orbit when seen from Earth. This optical illusion is referred to as Mercury retrograde. In popular astrology, Mercury retrograde marks intense periods when by things go awry, signaling the need for reflection and revision of our lives. This is a time for veering away from the past and taking bold steps into future. Mercury’s cycle has been speculated as the cause of major course corrections for society; it gives us a chance to grow as humans, to raise critical awareness, and possibly make a movement towards radical change. The exhibition Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities features an international selection of artists working in the medium of video animation. It offers a reflection upon our mass media-saturated world and uncertain future. Video animations selected for this exhibition appropriate images from television, the internet, newspapers, pop culture and fashion, which are then manipulated using a variety of aesthetic approaches and montage techniques, and are enriched by the adoption of international art historical heritage and multicultural mythic and religious traditions. The materiality of animation allows for flattening, collaging, reduction and abstraction of the appropriated material. The dimension of time creates immersive stories, uncannily similar to our everyday realities. The artists in the exhibition meditate on beauty, identity, contemporary surroundings, the culture of spectacle, economy and power relations in the era of globalization and interconnectedness. The works grapple with these complex topics and reveal the artists’ simultaneous fascination with and critique of our culture, society and politics.