Lorena Molina: Ofrenda

Lorena Molina: Ofrenda

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Lorena Molina
Ofrenda, 2020
Digital Print 24 x 18 inches
Edition of 50
 
Through the use of photography, video, performance art, and artist’s books, Lorena Molina explores identity, intimacy, and the politics of witnessing. Her work is driven by the experience of after a 12-year civil war in El Salvador forced her family to migrate to the United States. Her practice often grapples with the atrocities of war, exteriority, and displacement. Mangoes, which grow abundantly in El Salvador, are a recurring motif in Molina’s work that serve as a symbol of defiance, otherness, and freedom. The mango here is an “ofrenda” (offering) to those she has loved and lost; frozen between rising and falling, letting go and receiving. It is forever suspended between slowness, grief, and radical joy.
 
Lorena Molina was born in 1985 in El Salvador. She received her BFA from California State University (2012) and her MFA from University of Minnesota (2015). She was a recipient of the Diversity of Views and Experiences fellowship, The Christopher Cardozo Fellowship, and The Kala Art Institute fellowship. She has been the subject of various solo exhibitions, including at Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD (2019); and Sawyer Yards, Houston, TX (2023). She has also participated in many group exhibitions, including Appreciation, Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, MN (2012); Nasty Women, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY (2017); Open Source 1.4, The Carnegie, Covington, KY (2019); and Ecologies of Elsewhere, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH (2023). Molina currently lives and works in Houston, TX.

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