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Alma Leiva

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

My research-based practice exists at the crossroads of installation, video, animation and photography. Within this multidisciplinary approach, I often incorporate elements of sound, performance, drawing, printmaking, painting and interactivity to address issues of violence and its consequences on the individual and society. Recurring themes in my work include migration, displacement, trauma, loss, labor, cultural identity and the media’s effect on perception.

In my work personal and collective stories intertwine to create narratives that posit the individual's vulnerability within institutional, cultural and social hierarchies. In my site-specific works there’s a dynamic that engages the space’s history as it relates to specific cultural, social and political themes. My video work, which often incorporates found footage or text, explores surveillance, online culture, coded language, the concept of the “other” and the effects of mass media on the individual’s perception of reality.

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