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Artist-in-Residence

Beatriz Cortez

IN STUDIO

Saturday, January 30, 2021 through
Saturday, February 27, 2021

ON EXHIBIT

Saturday, January 30, 2021 through
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Beatriz Cortez

Beatriz Cortez, born in El Salvador and based in Los Angeles, utilizes sculpture and installation to examine the deep-rooted histories, cultures, and identities of those who have faced forced migration. She explores a diverse range of perspectives of individuals from Latin America, the United States, and even her own personal experiences of displacement to discover how these systems affect the construction of memory.

Based on the writings of philosopher Gilles Deleuze, Cortez’s work explores themes related to multiple temporalities, simultaneity, and speculative futures. She most commonly works with metal, challenging gender norms and exploring the flexibility that welding allows for her creations. Her works are often “stitched” together, building installation-based objects that recall indigenous histories melded with evolved and contemporary human and Latin American stories. These objects are filled with historical allusions, personal memory, cultural symbols, and harsh modern realities.

Born in El Salvador in 1970, Cortez received an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. She has exhibited at the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles; Clockshop, Los Angeles; Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles; Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador; and Museo Municipal Tecleño (MUTE), El Salvador; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, China; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016). Beatriz Cortez is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.