a solo exhibition by Libbi Ponce
Opens February 15, 2020
exhibition reception February 15th 6-10pm
@ Coco Hunday, 212 W Thomas St, Tampa, FL 33604
Ponce’s work is about pleasure and pleasures.
To seek pleasure is a potent form of critique and dissent, it leaves many dated binaries and dog-eared, critical frameworks behind.
To find pleasures is to detach from a horizon that has lost its usefulness. Untethered and disembodied can become a default space, bodying and orientation can be temporary, fluid, generous acts of pleasure and exchange, upended at a whim, folding toward multiple futures.
There is a powerful generational shift happening in making and attitude that is harder to critique and easier to believe in.
-jason lazarus, january 2020
Libbi Ponce (b. 1997) is an Ecuadorian-American artist whose work explores Latinx-Futurism and modes of decolonization. Through fantasy and monumental immersion, from physical to digital, Ponce embodies world-building rooted in archival research and memory, disavowing metaphysical concerns allowing for the free transmutation of motifs and unapologetically generative fictions. Ponce applies contemporary aesthetic methodologies informed by ancient Andean ceramics (erotic and anthropomorphic), the virtual realm, and mythology to probe discourse on gender and sexuality.
An interview between Ponce and Pita Arreola-Burns + Elliot Burns of Off Site Project (London) to be published here March 2020.
Off Site Project is a curatorial practice founded by Pita Arreola-Burns and Elliott Burns in 2017. Primarily based online Off Site Project runs a regular gallery programme of homepage exhibitions; bi-monthly downloadable ZIP shows; and quarterly residency based on Google Maps. To date the gallery has worked with over one hundred and twenty artists, designers, creatives and curators, producing over forty exhibitions, hosting ten residencies and being invited to speak host and speak at panels at Central Saint Martins, Modern Art Oxford and Somerset House Studios.
Through its exhibition programme Off Site Project has explored issues pertaining to our increasingly networked, digitised world, from neoliberal post-colonialism in Latin America to the increasingly monetised wellness industry, around societal effects of the internet such as the blurring of IRL and URL spaces to the prevalence of conspiratorial thinking, as well as the creative identity of AI minds and our ability to inhabit multiple realities through avatar creations.
Pita Arreola-Burns is a Mexican independent curator and designer who has recently produced exhibitions for the Austrian Cultural Forum and University of the Arts London. She has a background of work experience including acting as Associate Director of Mexico based Anonymous Gallery and as a Cultural Senior PR and Communications Executive at Another Company, a leading Mexico City-based PR firm, creating and managing campaigns for clients such as Phillips Auction House and Estancia FEMSA-Casa Luis Barragán.
Elliott Burns is an Associate Lecturer within the Culture & Enterprise department at Central Saint Martins and a freelance curator, in 2018 he produced an exhibition for the Centre for Investigative Journalism to coincide with their bi-annular Logan Symposium. He has a background in art production having worked for Unlimited Productions helping produce the first Art Night event in 2016 and has gained experience with Studio Voltaire, UNION Gallery and White Cube.