Grant Summary
Support for video work about unpaid labor, volunteering, and internship culture.
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Artist Statement
I construct narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or myself, I explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.
  • Maria TV, 2015, Rodrigo Valenzuela, HD video. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Diamond Box, 2013, Rodrigo Valenzuela, HD video. Courtesy of the artist.

  • El Sisifo, 2015, Rodrigo Valenzuela, HD video. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Future Ruins, 2015, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Install at the Frye Art Museum; Photography, graphite and scaffolding. Courtesy of the artist.