Carolina Aranibar-Fernández: Oleaje
Feb 10 - Aug 4, 2024
Oleaje [Groundswell] features new large-scale installation works by Bolivian-born artist Carolina Aranibar-Fernández that map and memorialize the rippling effects of a coercive global trade industry.
Presenting new large-scale installation works by San Francisco-based, Bolivian-born artist Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, Oleaje [Groundswell] accentuates the hidden ripples of a global mining and trade industry that is reliant on forced access to natural resources and the human labor supplied by marginalized communities. Through extensive archival research and the use of labor-intensive handmaking processes—like etching, sewing, cutting, and printing—Aranibar-Fernández translates the complex movements of resources on a global scale into vibrant, finely rendered impressions of cartography and topography. Through each work, the artist meticulously traces and memorializes the impacts of capital flows and the environmental scarification found at the intersections of extraction and exploitation, exchange and power.
Raised between the Andean mountains and the Amazon jungle, Aranibar-Fernández’s artistic practice draws on her first-hand experience witnessing the devastation of her homeland’s natural environment by foreign corporations. A deliberate tension is created in her work through her blend of the frangible—sequins, beads, plants, and embroidery—with the material history of human consumption as a means of unveiling how extractive economies accelerate issues of global trade, such as forced migration and displacement, environmental exploitation, and oppressive labor systems. Oleaje centers material as an active component in narrative building, highlighting its continuous effect on ever-shifting geopolitical tensions and its intersectional role toward a remedial future.
This exhibition is part of the series PROJECT SPACE—an initiative that supports emerging and established artists in expanding their practice. Organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and curated by Keshia Turley, assistant curator. Generous support provided by Title Partner Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation.
Carolina Aranibar-Fernández is a Bolivian-born interdisciplinary artist, educator, and arts administrator. Integrating art with social change for the past 10 years, Aranibar-Fernández has worked with artists, curated and co-developed public projects, and documented the stories of communities and organizations. Aranibar-Fernández is a recipient of the Race, Arts and Democracy Fellowship at Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University, the Projecting All Voices Fellowship at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and the Arts Fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Qatar, Doha.
Aranibar-Fernández’s art and praxis address concerns of displacement, privatization of land, environmental issues, and the invisible-exploited labor that supplies global trade. Her professional career as an artist includes numerous national and international exhibitions, including works featured at the National Museum of Art in Bolivia, the U.S./Mexico border fence, and the Kathmandu Triennale in Nepal and in New York, Los Angeles, Arizona, and Qatar.. Aranibar-Fernandez received a master of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor of fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute.