ARE YOU OK?
Spinello Gallery is proud to present the gallery debut of Antonia Wright's "Are You Ok?". The video installation reveals Antonia Wright crying in the crowded streets of both Downtown Miami and Midtown New York, while capturing the responses of those passing by. The project explores the concept of social structure and tests our rules of behavior within different systems. Wright views each performance as a social experiment analyzing different communities and the individuals who may or may not stop to ask if she is okay.Wright appears to be well dressed. Her outfit consists of a simple black dress, high heels, and a purse. She stands in well-trafficked areas as the voyeur, her camera on a tripod, is located far from view. Wright attempts to make each encounter authentic, she breaths deeply and thinks of all the sad…
Miami-born artist Antonia Wright questions the world around her and attempts to find answers through poetry, performance, photography, video art, installation and sculpture. Members of the public are invited to become accomplices in this quest to understand, and through the process, she unveils the bizarre, the sad, the wonderful and discovery of why we do the things we do. Wright’s history as an artist can also be described as an exploratory journey. The daughter of well-known Cuban-American author, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Wright’s first creative love was also the written word. Wright wrote short stories for many years that became increasingly shorter and shorter until she finally embraced poetry. She received an M.F.A. in poetry from The New School in New York City and became interested in photography when she started shooting photographs for her poetry manuscripts. Realizing that each image mirrored poetry’s poignant eloquence in communicating an idea, Wright threw herself into photography, studying at the International Center of Photography and working for a renowned photographers, including Clyde Butcher and Patrick Demarchelier as well as worked for VICE magazine. Wanting to experiment further, performance, video art and installation work followed naturally for Wright. Her projects have ranged from crying in the streets and documenting that no one stops to ask if she’s okay to rolling naked down alleys to smoking a cigar dressed as Fidel Castro until she is violently ill. All her work is extremely visceral and she brings everything to the body.
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