Lucia Garzón is the winner of the DVAA open call for a grant-funded solo exhibition — generously funded by a donation from the Joseph Robert Foundation.
“My work investigates the intersection between my personal experiences as a first generation immigrant and the experiences that of my family who immigrated to the United States from Colombia. Through my exploration of print, sculpture, and textiles I begin to find my place as a queer woman between many different cultures and identities. My work comments on the experience of living in the margins and contradictions of these communities while calling attention to the experiences which put me here. Immigration and labor are main themes of my work, as I often pull personal stories from my dad who was an undocumented peach farmer in Georgia during his first months in the states. With these themes I explore the social and political acts of service provided by marginalized people at their own expense as well as their families. The idea of the American dream is contrasted with the realities of what life often becomes for those that immigrate here while also confronting the privileges and expectations passed onto the future generations of these people. Recreating and re-contextualizing physical objects used to represent the experience of immigrants allows me to unpack the laborish history of my family and many others which is the backbone of all things American.”