Luna  Acosta (1989 Medellín, Colombia) is a visual artist, teacher and researcher currently based in Barcelona. She graduated  art history and curatorship with focus on contemporary Latin American art (Universidad del Museo Social Argentino) and received MFA in sound art (Universidad de Chile). She was a fellow of the MACBA Independent Studies Program 2019/20 (Barcelona), and is currently a researcher at La escocesa cultural factory (Barcelona).

She is interested in narrating geographies and territories and in elucidating the interrelationships among landscape transformations, migratory fluxes and the updated colonial order. She wonders about the construction of the collective memory when affected by colonial trauma and about the use of art as a possible tool for building technologies of emotional survival, narration, cartography and affection. In her artistic practice she develops listening and meeting devices that orbit between textiles, electronics, installation and performance.

Acosta has participated in individual and group exhibitions and artistic residencies as well as in festivals in MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona), EAC (Contemporary Art Space of Uruguay), Casa Plan (Valparaíso), House of Memory Museum (Medellín, 2017), Cerrillos National Center for Contemporary Art (Santiago de Chile), MAC (Contemporary art museum, Santiago de Chile), Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, among others. Her work is a part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile.

Artist's website and Instagram.

Each program participant will work closely with their mentor over several months, critically reflecting on their artistic practice, its relationship to this particular moment, and possible paths it might take in the future. Luna Acosta will work with her mentor Pablo Martínez.

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Artist statement

Agro-descendant and raised between two cities, a mountain (Cerro Tusa) and many neighborhoods. My work is rooted in questions about human migrations -internal, south-south and south-north, resulting from colonial processes and political violence.

I'm interested in narrating geographies, territories and stories about displacement and in envisioning relations among the changes of the landscape, migratory flows and the systematic updates of the colonial order. From that ferment, I think about the survival of tenderness despite violence and trauma, and about art as a tool to design collaborative devices that put in the foreground cooperation, care for memory, the ability to listen and multiple interdependencies as life sustainers.

I learned to weave and embroider from my mother, my friends and women in different territories of Abya Yala, and to make electronics with artists of the world and tutorials, and I use both languages as lenses from which to understand the world and the relations between the living. From those tools and methodologies I develop performances, objects and installations.

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