Valeria Montti Colque’s vibrant work deals with issues of feminism, power and transnationalism. Montti Colque has a peculiar style that is both recognizable and alien. She builds up a world of her own by mixing influences from popular culture, such as hip hop and punk, with saints, jokers, female icons, and other mythical figures.
Identity is central to Valeria Montti Colque’s work. She explores identities with the help of characters that symbolize strength, love, grief, trauma and gender power structures. Valeria Montti Colque’s work is about finding oneself as an individual in an increasingly mobile and global time.
Valeria Montti Colque has shown her work nationally and internationally. She has received several artist’s grants and she has participated in a large number of performances, public artworks and workshops. Both Valeria Montti Colque and author Macarena Dusant share the experience of growing up with parents who migrated from Chile to Sweden. The book also contains an interview with the artist by Angelica Blomhage, author and art intendent at Gotlands konstmuseum.
Macarena Dusant is an independent art historian, editor and writer. Her work focuses mainly on power structures, the notion of the public realm and mechanisms of exclusion within western contemporary art. She has published books and texts about migrated artists, the diaspora experience and conditions as part of the racialization processes in the Swedish art field as well as texts on public art and the public sphere. Macarena Dusant has been involved in different independent cultural and artistic organizations, working mainly with art collectives. She works as consultant within public art, as process leader and curator and has been a member of several boards. She has also served as a jury member in various art and cultural organizations and events for many years.