We are proud to present this year's artists for The Performance Arcade 2020. We have an array of performances to bring to you from drag to marathon runners and award-winning international artists from all over the globe. Find them in the hidden Speakeasy or out in the Wellington harbour. Come and explore all the wonderments our artists have to offer you.
Julia Orquera Bianco
Julia Orquera Bianco was born in Argentina and lived in Mexico and the United States. She attended Escuela de Arte Fotográfico de Avellaneda, where she specialized in Photography. In 2011, Orquera Bianco earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting from Universidad del Museo Social Argentino (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
In 2018, she graduated from the MFA program at Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her art practice interrogates her everyday experience as an alien in the U.S. through addressing collective and personal heritage as a platform to create objects, installations and time-based media that put into evidence identity as a fragile construct, constantly in motion, influenced by the past but re-contextualized and impacted by the present and the place.
Her latest work explores alternative formats through the use of common materials in unconventional ways. Her work has been showcased in Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The Winged Victory of Samothrace is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. An icon of Western Civilization, this sculpture was made to honor a sea battle and used to rest on a rostral pedestal of gray marble representing the prow of a ship. In just five decades, containerships would carry about 60% of the value of goods shipped via sea. While creating a revolution in cargo transportation and international trade, containers have been used systematically for the smuggling of migrants and human trafficking, as a result of the humanitarian crisis we live in today.
My personal experience as an alien showed me time and time again the contradictions inherent to the migrant experience and the big gap between expectation and reality in it.
In this piece, I problematize the Victory of Samothrace as a symbol connected to ideas of linear progress and order, to insert parallel narratives and the chaotic, asymmetrical and tragic aspect of the human experience.