Mandy Cano Villalobos – Undocumented Histories

Installation

Vote Code: 61260

Undocumented Histories reimagines the stories of the lifelong occupants and nameless wanderers that have occupied the Rumsey St. neighborhood over the years. The work consists almost solely of remnants found in the abandoned buildings. Recontextualized, these remnants present a fragmented narrative that straddles fact and fiction, past and present, and ultimately challenges the viewer to question their own nostalgic desires.


Comentarios del Artista: Undocumented Histories re imagina las historias de los residentes de este edificio, a lo largo del su vida, y de los vagabundos sin nombre que han ocupado el barrio de la calle Rumsey a lo largo de los años.La obra se compone casi exclusivamente con desperdicios que se encontraron en los edificios abandonados. Utilizados en diferentes contextos, estos residuos presentan una narrativa fragmentada que acapara realidad y ficción, pasado y presente, y en última instancia invitan al (la) espectador (a) a cuestionar sus propios deseos nostálgicos.

Artprize 2015 Seed Grant Recipient

Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice focuses upon life’s ephemerality and collective memory. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum (Clinton, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art,  (Chicago), The Museum of New Art (Detroit, MI), Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC) and La Casa Pauly (Puerto Montt, Chile). Cano Villalobos has also received grants from multiple organizations including the Puffin Foundation and the Henry Institute. She received her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. and currently resides in the Midwest.