In her painting practice, New York-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum (b. 1977, Mexico City) questions various modes of representing the complex flow of people, money, and things in a globalized world. With the intention of probing a politics of representation, the artist will embark on a three-month-long residency in Minneapolis to connect with and depict members of the Phillips and Whittier communities surrounding Mia.
The artist will host a neighborhood portrait studio, in which she gets to know the families and groups she will paint through the hours they spend together. The artist views paying attention to her sitters as a form of ethics, investigating the social and economic relationships that exist between these historically underrepresented and underserved communities and the city’s cultural institutions. The residency will culminate in an exhibition—the artist’s first solo museum show—presenting three new large-scale group portraits alongside photo and video documentation of their making.
Generous support for “Aliza Nisenbaum” is provided by the Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad Charitable Foundation.