Born in Chicago, Huanca received a BFA in Painting from the University of Houston and studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2012, Huanca was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to live and work in Mexico City. Recent exhibitions include: Echo Implant at Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York, NY, Pschotria Elata at Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, Sade Room (famously reclusive) at MoMA PS1 Printshop New York, Look where it got us, MonCheri in Brussels, Belgium, Seeing Auras, ltd Los Angeles, Scrying Threats, Queer Thoughts, Chicago, Raw Material at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2013 Arnhem Fashion Biennale, Netherlands, and Panic Fear Crying Fits at Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico. Donna Huanca will be a recipient of a 2015-2016 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship as part of her Smack Mellon Studio Program residency.


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Huanca’s installations fuse tactile materials, such as clothing and ephemera to create architectural collages that are performative in nature. Her sculptures occupy a stage-like space for durational performances in which they are enlivened by interaction with the vulnerability of human models. All her works are meant to be experienced in conversation with the body.