Marcela Pardo Ariza (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is a queer latinx visual artist and curator that explores the relationship of representation, kinship and queerness through constructed photographs, color sets and installations. Through staging varied subjects and anthropomorphic objects, Ariza deploys sets as a resource to the possibility of (re)building a story, while materializing potential yet attainable narratives fundamental to envisioning present and future prospects. Ariza’s work illustrates her commitment to celebrating the erroneous, navigating intergenerational connection and questioning arbitrary paradigms while playing with the rigidity that is often present in the photographic medium.
Ariza is the recipient of the 2020 San Francisco Artadia Award, Tosa Studio Award (‘17), Alternative Exposure grant (‘18, 19’) and a Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award (‘15). Her work has been recently exhibited at the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA); Palm Springs Art Museum; R/SF Projects; Minnesota Street Projects; and Guerrero Gallery, UNTITLED Art Fair; De:Formal Gallery, New York, NY and NoPlace Gallery, Columbus, OH. Ariza is a former member of the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure, a co-founder of Womxn Art Handlers and studio member at Minnesota Street Project.