Donna Huanca

Born: Chicago, Illinois
Lives: Berlin, Germany

Donna Huanca layers painting, sculpture, sound and performance to create large-scale installations that often serve as platforms for social, interactive and collaborative happenings. She uses discarded materials; especially, clothing, shoes, and fabrics to create installations that are performative in nature, oscillating between the aesthetics of ritual arrangements and displays from ethnological museums. She is interested in clothing as shelter, transportable homes that nomads can hold on to, having the potential to carry the cultural and even genetic traces.

She has collaborated with musicians, writers, visual artists, net-artists, and non-artists alike, including Andrea Zittel,, Maria Chavez, Owleyes, and a band of three 9 year-olds, Psychedelic Revolution. Her mother is a frequent collaborator in her line of deconstructed clothing, //> || ^ ///inX (RUA MINX) -also the name of her performance alias. Autobiographical in nature, she layers anthropology, fashion, and nomadism to explore modern cultural realities.

Born in Chicago, Huanca received BFA in Painting from the University of Houston in 2004 and received the DeGolyer Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art the same year. She has been invited to residencies at Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, the Workspace and SwingSpace Residency at LMCC, NYC, NY, Art OMI, Hudson, NY and the Headlands Center for The Arts inSan Francisco, CA. In 2009-10, Huanca received the DAAD artist grant for guest study at Städelschule Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2010 Huanca received an Art Matters Grant from the prestigious New York foundation for a nomadic project in Peru, which resulted in a 5-week nomadic performance project with Dutch photographer Roy Minten. Recently, Huanca was received a Fulbright Award in order to conduct research and a new body of work in Mexico DF, Mexico for the year 2012 sponsored by the US Congress.

Recent installations include, Rua Minx: POP UP SHOP, PG Gallery, Houston, Texas, Yo Era Tu y Nunca Lo Supe, Installation for PUNO Moca, Puno, Peru, CONJUNCTION at HBC Berlin, Awicha Yartiri (Grandmother as Healer) for the 2009 International Incehon Women’s Biennale in Incheon, Korea
Huanca’a line of wearable sculptures that have been touring and sold with Andrea Zittel’s A-Z Smockshop, featured in BRITISH VOGUE January 2010 issue.

Publications of her work have been featured in Wire, BRITISH VOGUE, F5 Moscow, Russia, NY Arts,, Art in America, CITY Magazine and the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory published by the New Museum, NY amongst others.

She lives and works in Berlin.

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