Lina Maria Giraldo, a multi-media artist from Boston, Massachusetts, is another of our wonderful new grantees. Lina creates screen-based, computer-generated work using video and photography. She incorporates contemporary language, such as video games and advertisements, emphasizing the scale and repetition of these modes of communication.
Lina’s work is concerned with the culture of consumption. In fact, most of her work involves collecting data on what we consume and re-creating indexical imagery of those products in a digital medium. Lina’s work is often interactive, giving her audience control of the narrative decisions. She likes to think of her work as a visual poem with an factual purpose. She invites the spectator to stop their busy life and think about the consequences of compulsive consumption. Her work implores the viewer to become more conscious of their surroundings and actions.
In 2010, Lina received her Master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2006, and previously attended Andes University and Guerrero Fine Arts Academy in Bogota, Colombia. Lina completed a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute and has been a visiting artist at the Massachusetts College of Art and Wheaton College. Lina’s work has been displayed in galleries and public spaces throughout Boston, New York and Colombia. Lina has had solo exhibitions at Babson College, Boston Academy of the Arts, Godine Gallery in Boston, the Sorenson Center for the Arts, and the Green Street Gallery in Boston. She has also created content for public display, including the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s LED Marquee. In the last 10 years, Lina has been highlighted in such news sources as WGBH, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, ABC News, the South End News and other local programming.
Lina’s most recent project, HUB Farm, is a collaboration with artist Eliana Blaine. HUB Farm is an interactive documentary meant to facilitate open-source sharing of information about Boston’s urban agriculture. It will bring together various perspectives related to urban agriculture in a creative and engaging way, making the discussion accessible to a diverse audience. The project spans current trends in urban agriculture, future possibilities, and the historical legacy in the Boston area, covering strategies, interventions, and creations: artistic, technical, scientific, community-based, and design-inspired. Check out HUB Farm’s website to for more details and updates.
And see more of Lina’s work on her personal website.