Dominga Opazo, Siempre Mas 2 Pairs, 2022, Recycled clothing, installation view


Dominga Opazo is a Chilean artist who descends from generations of weavers. She has recently relocated to the United States, continuing her art activism protesting the discards of industrial manufacturing. Her work focuses on textile history and design, climate change, the over-production of textiles, and the resultant waste. Her work laments the displacement and disappearance of handcrafted textiles by mass-produced mechanisms and turns a critical eye toward excessive consumption and the discarding of materials. The compacted sculptures on display in this exhibition directly connect through their structures to the compressed textile waste found in Chilean landfills.

Minga Opazo is a fourth-generation textile crafter who explores the relationship between climate change, contemporary textile production, and Chilean textile history and design. Born in Chile, Minga immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Opazo recent works, questions the textile industry by creating a series of cultural works that explore the idea of solastalgia, a term which describes the mental or existential distress caused by environmental change and living in an era of excess, constantly consuming and throwing away. The cycle of our ancient textile industry is broken from beginning to end. In her practice, she is dedicated to researching and studying this industry further and to creating work that exposes, reflects and finds a solution to the current situation of our broken system. She completed her BFA at University of California, Berkeley in 2016 and her MFA at California Institute of the Arts, 2020.

Opazo exhibited works across the US and Latino America, including the Museum of Visual art of Santiago, Chile,ACRE gallery in Chicago and The Bunker Art space, Miami. In Los Angeles, her work has been shown at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and Dab Art CO. gallery. She has been awarded with various residency including Banff art center, ACRE residency and Haystack mountain school of craft, Anderson Ranch Art center, Mass Moca and Bemis Art center. She recently had her work published at Artforum,  Lumzine art magazine and American Science Magazine.

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