Marcela Pardo Ariza explores the relationship of wry humor, queerness and representation through color sets and prop-like objects. Her photographs incorporate quotidian objects in seemingly absurd ways creating tableaux that mix recognizable elements with magical realism. Ariza is interested in the action of looking within the theatricality of “the set” and her visually provoking portraits seek to explore metaphors regarding race and gender.
SEE(d) experienced an intriguing behind-the-scenes look into Marcela Pardo Ariza’s ideas, methods and practices on Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00pm.
Marcela Pardo Ariza (b. 1991 Bogotá, Colombia) is the recipient of the Tosa Studio Award 2017, a Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award and a finalist for the 2017 San Francisco Artist Award. She received her BA from Earlham College, Richmond, IN in 2013 and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 2016. Ariza lives and works in San Francisco, CA.