Donna Huanca's artistic practice investigates aesthetic rituals, arrangements and displays to construct hyperreal narratives. Her installations, sculptures and collages compose multiple simulacrums with discarded materials; such as, clothes, shoes, and ephemera. These are performative platforms that result from a compulsive attitude towards the search of material beacons and parallel experiences.
Born in Chicago, Huanca received BFA from the University of Houston (2004). Studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany, with Tobias Rehberger (2009-10). Awards include: DeGolyer Grant (2004), Dallas Museum of Art. DAAD artist grant (2009-10) Bonn, Germany, Art Matters Grant, NYC, NY (2010) and a Fulbright Scholarship (2012) to create a new body of work in Mexico City.
Residencies include: Skowhegan (2006) Maine, LMCC Workspace and SwingSpace Residency (2007-09) New York, NY, Art OMI (2008) Hudson, NY and the Headlands Center for The Arts (2008) in San Francisco, CA.
Publications of her work have been featured in DazedDigital, Wire, British VOGUE, F5 Moscow, NY Arts, ARTINFO.com, Art in America, and the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory published by the New Museum, NY amongst others.