Bay Area Now 8, 2018
"Queer identity also finds form in Marcela Pardo Ariza’s site-specific photographic installation. The artist draws on Bay Area queer histories uncovered from local archives and links them to people currently living here through fragmented yet intimate portraits of the body, creating a kind of kinship through the images. Pardo Ariza uses the portraits to think through the ways that photography invites performativity—of the body, of gender, of power, of ethics—while also thinking about alternatives to the norms for all of the above. Their cropped photographs invite us to think of the bodies they contain not as objects of desire but as visual manifestations of principles we hold for ourselves and others"
- Susie Kantor, Associate Curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Exhibition View, Bay Area Now 8 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photo by Charlie Villyard