Nica Aquino is a multidisciplinary artist, analog photographer & educator originally from Los Angeles, California.
Aquino holds a BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and an MA in Visual Culture from the School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Her work reveals place, identity, diaspora and the cross-cultural experience through a photographic lens and a variety of mixed medias. Via photography, viewers see through the eyes of a first generation Ilokana-American trying to navigate North American culture and drawing inspiration from the people and places around her, exploring the commonality of diverse immigrant diasporas and communities in the US and beyond.
Aquino has been working in non-profit organizations since 2015. She is now residing in Northeast Los Angeles, where she is an art educator for Center for the Arts Eagle Rock's art program, Imagine Studio. She works with predominantly POC students of Title 1 status and is excited to share art with the kids in her community.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018
On Sunday, October 7th, 2018 Junior High presents a group pop-up art show entitled And/Or Art Show pt.2 featuring LA artists and performers from various backgrounds. And/Or is a project highlighting the experiences of those who exist in the space between cultures. At And/Or Art Show pt.2 we'll be exploring theme of home, womxnhood, and finding oneself in the diaspora.
Doors 7PM, Performances 8PM - Join us for a night of visual art, music, movement, and poetry. Light refreshments will be served.
5656 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
Since 2016, Nica Aquino creates mixed media altar installations & textiles that examine loss & memory as an Ilokana in the US diaspora. Her last mixed media altar installation in 2017, titled ‘Saan Kayo Nga Nalipatan (You Are Not Forgotten)’ addressed the extrajudicial killings happening in the Philippines, ordered by Rodrigo Duturte, elected president of the islands in 2016. Through this altar installation, Nica mourns her Manong (older brother), who was a victim of the killings, and calls attention to the lives taken by this violation of human rights.
‘Memory Room’ provides a meditative atmosphere, where visitors can reflect & pray, as they contribute personal items &/or letters & notes written on paper boats, that will be attached to a river-like handmade textile based altar. Nica is of Ilokano descent; Ilokano means ‘people from the coastal or riverine lowlands.’ Creating a body of water is significant in representing her origins as an Ilokana & the large bodies of water Ilokanos are known for residing by. As the boats flow down the river, their messages descend into the spirit world, reaching passed loved ones & honoring the memories of our ancestors.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 7-10 PM
Exhibition Dates: October 13 through November 3, 2018
Light refreshments will be served.
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Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042