© Mónica Alcázar-Duarte, Second Nature, 2020, from the series Second Nature

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We are pleased to partner with The Ampersand Foundation for the second consecutive year, to offer a residency opportunity for lens-based artists. This year the selected artist is Mónica Alcázar-Duarte.

Alcázar-Duarte is a Mexican-British artist who works with new technologies such as augmented and mixed reality to reveal how the mathematical formulas and algorithms that govern them are not arbitrary but rather serve to perpetuate stereotypes and social biases online.

Her recent project Second Nature is a collage of stories of discrimination and micro-aggressions suffered by Mexican women living in Mexico, US, and the UK confronting the nature of these hostile situations to how Mexican women are portrayed online.

Moreover, during her time in Derbyshire’s countryside, Alcázar-Duarte will develop Simulated Order, a new project where her alter ego, the explorer Marina Mosqueda, named after the artist’s grandmothers, will create a system of categorisation by way of examining the English Oak, abundant to the surroundings of the Wigwell Lodge. This new system, facilitated by the use of technologies, will enable the Mexican explorer to establish a sense of ownership over the quintessentially British tree, reversing prevailing imperial power relations, reflecting this way how narratives are shaped and by who, and interrogating their accuracy to reality.

During her stay at Wigwell Lodge, the artist aims to explore further the language of new technologies applied to her current work. She also aims to produce a series of theme-led podcasts where she will be in conversation with experts in different areas, the outcomes of which will feed back into her practice.

Art institutions and galleries across the Midlands participated in the nomination of our second resident including Derby QUAD, Eastside Projects, Graves Gallery, Ikon Gallery, Lakeside Arts, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, and Primary.

The opportunity includes a five-month residency from February to June 2021 during which the artist is based at Wigwell Lodge, a house located in rural Derbyshire. The artist will be sharing insights and behind the scenes insights into life and creative work at Wigwell Lodge as the residency progresses, between now and the summer. Alongside the residency, a series of public events will take place.

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