Artist Daniela Ortiz in conversation with Curator Florencia Portocarrero

Artist Daniela Ortiz in conversation with Curator Florencia Portocarrero
Thursday, September, 16, 2021
6pm EDT
Contemporary Calgary, Online
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Presented in conjunction with Notes For Tomorrow at Contemporary Calgary, Daniela Ortiz and Florencia Portocarrero discuss the complicated relationships between structures of colonial, patriarchal and capitalist power and the fraught emotional responses that these generate. Within this framework, they explore the various ways in which art practices and the everyday intersect.

Notes for Tomorrow is a traveling exhibition organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI) and initiated by Frances Wu Giarratano, Becky Nahom, Renaud Proch, and Monica Terrero. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, VIA Art Fund, and ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.

Image Credit: Daniela Ortiz, Réplica, 2014, digital video, 4:30 mins. Courtesy of the artist.

September 16, 2021


Daniela Ortiz

Through her work Daniela Ortiz (Cusco, Peru -1985) aims to generate visual narratives in which the concepts of nationality, racialization, social class, and gender are explored in order to critically understand structures of colonial, patriarchal, and capitalist power. Her recent projects and research deal with the European migratory control system, its links to colonialism, and the legal structure created by European institutions in order to inflict violence towards racialized and migrant communities. She has also developed projects about the Peruvian upper class and its exploitative relationship with domestic workers. Recently her artistic practice has turned back into visual and manual work, developing art pieces in ceramic, collage, and in formats such as children’s books in order to take distance from eurocentric conceptual art aesthetics. Together with her artistic practice she is the mother of a 2-year-old, gives talks, workshops, reseraches, and participates in discussions on Europe’s migratory control system and its ties to coloniality in different contexts. Daniela lives and works in Barcelona.

Florencia Portocarrero

Florencia Portocarrero (Lima, 1981) writes, lectures, teaches, and, organizes both exhibitions and public programs. Her research interests are focused on how to rewrite art history from a feminist perspective, regimes of subjectivation in the context of neoliberal globalization, and the questioning of hegemonic forms of knowledge. Between 2008 and 2010, she completed a master’s degree in Theoretical Studies in Psychoanalysis at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Later, from 2012 to 2013, Portocarrero participated in the Curatorial Program of the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam, and in 2015 she completed a second master’s degree in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths University in London. She has participated in several international conferences and her writings on art and culture appear regularly in specialized magazines such as Atlántica Journal, Artishock, and Terremoto. In 2017/2018 Portocarrero received the Curating Connections scholarship, awarded by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and the KfW Stiftung. In Lima, she worked as a Public Program Curator at Proyecto AMIL (2015-2019) and is a Co-founder of Bisagra.

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