Elia AlbaCountry: Dominican Republic
Elia Alba received her B.A. from Hunter College in 1994 and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001. Has exhibited at Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Science Museum, London; ITAU Cultural Institute, Sao Paolo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and 10th Havana Biennial. Awards include, Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in Residence Program (1999), NYFA Grant (Crafts 2002 and Photography 2008); Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant (2002) and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2002 and 2008), LMCC Workspace Program (2009). She is currently an artist-in-residence at Recess Activities where she is working on a publication / event series titled “The Supper Club”. She is also working on another publication with publisher Photology in Milan on Larry Levan and DJ culture.
Informed by my mother’s work in the garment industry, I began to integrate sewing techniques into my practice and eventually began to combine sewing with photography. Utilizing photo transfers on fabric to create sculptures and masks, that are utilized in staged photography and video, these objects function as portraits, substitute heads and bodies. The works play with notions of fantasy, surrealism, place, identity and gender. Since 1999, my work in fabric presents corporeal fragmentations that can be grotesque yet playful presenting alternative realities and personas, where gestures, bodies, posture resist classification.
See the following for interviews and videos:
Interview with Qiana Mestrich: http://dodgeburn.blogspot.com/2009/09/photographer-interview-elia-alba.html