Elektra KB is a Latinx immigrant artist, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. They grew up in a rural hospital in Colombia with an army of nurses, doctors, and cooks --as a result of a cold war era Soviet-Colombian union.They graduated with an MFA from Hunter College in 2016 and received a DAAD award, pursued at UDK—Berlin with artist Hito Steyerl (2015). KB’s work has been written about in: Art Forum, Artnews, Hyperallergic, BOMB, The Guardian and The New York Times among other publications. Some recent shows include: ‘Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: 50 Years After Stonewall’ (2019) at the Brooklyn Museum, ‘Abortion is Normal’ at Eva Presenhuber, NY (2020) and the forthcoming ‘Who Will Write the History of Tears (Postsecular)’ at Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie (2021). KB was chosen as Artsy’s: 'Women Artists Who Deserve Our Attention…' in 2020. Their works are held in the collections of the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art in China, The Fondation Pour l'art Contemporain Salomon and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.
Their work engages corporeal sickness and disability, with utopian possibilities and alternative universes. KB investigates gender, migration, transculturality, and abuse of power. Their work entangles mutual aid, political action, and communication, often with a documentarian-sci-fi-like hybrid approach, exploring utopia and dystopia in juxtaposition with a parallel universe. They work across: textiles, photography, video, installation, and performance. Building spaces engaging with concepts such as: learning or healing, through the reinterpretation of quotidian objects and symbols, such as the: Immigration Checkpoint, Freedom School or Hospital Room.
KB’s practice is interdisciplinary encompassing mainly: Video, photography, sound, performance and textile works. Their work addresses concerns such as migration and global power dynamics trough a platform of mythology; coexisting with a documentarian and conceptualist approach. Their work takes place in the middle of two worlds: the ‘Cathara Autonomous Territory’ and our world. The Theocratic Republic of Gaia is a utopian-dystopian world; a parallel universe fighting between the tensions built on a totalitarian state and the revolutionary Cathara Insurgency, situating itself close to the political sci-fi genre. Their body of work is often of a performative nature concerned with the post-colonial and decolonial discourse. It is charged with critical humor and informed by the aesthetics of colonial art tropes and the ongoing armed conflict they grew up with.
KB’s site-specific installations and works on fabric deal with: bodily autonomy, kinship, gender, mobility, immigration, the nature of power, authority and its antagonists. From the prison industrial complex to authority symbols –such as the immigration checkpoint—, adding protest signs as responses and visual cues of shifting power. Exploring the meanings and relationships of the concept of power and how it manifests today in society.
Their work ties utopism, political theory, art and activism through a variety of mediums.
• CV HERE
• PORTFOLIO HERE (PDF)
• Disability Access Rider