Donna Huanca's installations fuse tactile materials, such as clothing and ephemera to create architectural collages that are performative in nature. Working primarily with deconstructed clothing, dipped in paint and solidified, her sculptural gestures pause a once-fluid life of the garment. During Huanca's durational performances the works interact with the vulnerability of live models, camouflaged and infused into the sculpture, giving life to otherwise static artworks.
Born in Chicago, Huanca received a BFA in Painting from the University of Houston and studied at Stadelschule, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2012 Huanca was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to live and work in Mexico City.
Publications of her work have been featured in Art Forum, DUST, Wire, British Vogue, ArtInfo, Art in America, and the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory published by the New Museum, New York amongst others. Recent exhibitions include: MUSCLE MEMORY at Peres Projects, Berlin, WATER SCARS at Valentin, Paris, PSYCHOTRIA ELATA at Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, SADE ROOM (famously reclusive) at MoMA PS1 Printshop New York, SEEING AURAS at ltd Los Angeles, RAW MATERIAL at MalmÃ¶ Konsthall, Sweden, PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS at Preteen Gallery, Mexico City.