Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects span installation, painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and video. She has exhibited with drj (Berlin, Germany), Van Der Plas Gallery (New York, NY), the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum (Clinton, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, (Chicago), The Museum of New Art (Detroit, MI), Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC), Gray Contemporary (Houston, TX) and La Casa Pauly (Puerto Montt, Chile), among others. She has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, Art Omi, Post Contemporary, Wassaic Project, Ragdale, and ACRE. Cano Villalobos received her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
I was raised by a single mother in the army. Childhood was a succession of army bases and new schools. I lacked the locational and generational belonging I perceived as the American norm through TV shows like “Alf” and “Family Ties”. In search of this norm, I became a collector of old photos, discarded books, folktales, broken toys, scratched records, Greek myths and anything that could provide me with a larger, human narrative in which I could situate my own story. These second-hand memories became my surrogate home.
29/10/2022 - 15/12/2022
The pieces of Mandy Cano portray the personal narratives of people excluded from officially recorded histories. Her work pays homage to her collaborators, retells their stories, and invites viewers to recognize what is familiar and in turn, recognize themselves in the bothered. Cano juxtaposes in her sculptures an open dialog surrounding history, location, domesticity, dominance, the public and private, and effectively, the ever-changing identity of people. In this way, her aim is to incite social change, to empower women and communities who have been systematically devalued throughout History.