Daniela Ortiz Cusco

Through her work Daniela Ortiz (Peru, 1985 – lives and works in Urubamba) aims to generate visual narratives in which the concepts of nationality, racialization, social class and genre are explored in order to critically understand structures of colonial, patriarcal and capitalist power. Her recent projects and research revolve around the European migratory control system, its links to colonialism and the legal structure created by institutions in order to inflict violence towards racialized communities. Also have produced 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 books in order to take distance from eurocentric conceptual art aesthetics. Besides her artistic practice she is a single mother of a four year child, gives talks, workshops, and participates in various discussions and struggles against the European migratory control system and institutional racism.

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