Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review of My Work Round and Round in Arteria (Colombian Art News Paper)

It is an honor to have my piece Round and Round feature in " the main information in visual arts in Colombia" periódico Arteria. Thank you so much to Vidal Romero, journalist for writing this article.


Es un honor que el Periódico ARTERIA, "el principal medio de información en artes plásticas y visuales en Colombia", haya escrito acerca de mi obra Round Round. Muchas gracias al periodista Vidal Romero por este artículo.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Round and Round Solo Show at the Dole Mansion at Lakeside Arts Park

DOLE GALLERY:  Round and Round

  • Name: Johana Moscoso
  • Year: 2016
  • Medium: Performative Installation
  • Dimensions: Variable
  • Photographer: Nancy Valladares
Round and Round is a performance and fiber art installation by artist Johana Moscoso. This solo exhibition celebrates her family’s migrations to the United States of America, and reflects on gender and labor. It involves a collaboration with Latinas seamstresses who are immigrants or first-generation Americans living in Chicago. This exhibition is partially supported by the Individual Artist Program Grant of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through which federal funds are provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
BIO: Johana Moscoso is an artist who explores co-narratives of South American and North American cultures. She incorporates a variety of mediums into installations that express her interest in gender roles, culture, and migration.
In her fiber work she utilizes stitch and embroidery to create tapestries that reference the migratory journeys of her family. These tapestries become abstract maps made that trace the time, labor, and nostalgia of these journeys. In her performance work she strives to evoke intimate feelings that cannot be described in words but are better expressed through movement. By using traditional Latino and caribbean dances (such as salsa, merengue, and soka) in her performances Moscoso questions gender roles in Hispanic culture. Engaging these fragile human states is the pivotal endeavor in her performance work.
Ultimately, her application of fiber, textiles and performance with physical environments has enabled her to create performative installations that empower the feminine presence and celebrate culture and migration.

  • Sage: Arts in Action – Lakeside Arts Park Resident Artists

    1st Friday Art Show At The Dole –Every month people living in and near McHenry County, and all of the Chicagoland area, will have the opportunity to enjoy an artistic evening with wonderful featured art, the chance to meet and mingle with artists, and possibility purchase an original piece of work. The next 1st Friday Art Show is Friday, April 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm,Lakeside Arts Park in Crystal Lake, is proud to welcome the community to our 1st Friday Art Show at Lakeside Arts Park.
    $5 Suggested Donation- Your financial contribution supports the historic preservation of the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Programs.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Johana Moscoso 2017 Kohler Arts and Industry Artist in Residency!!

Arts/Industry is pleased to announce our artists-in-residence for 2017! 
Ghada Amer (NY), Liz Ensz (IL), Samantha Fields (MA), Michelle Grabner (WI), Mary Anne Kluth (CA), Marie Lorenz (NY), Johana Moscoso (IL), Joel Otterson (CA), Elinor Portnoy (UK), Amélie Proulx (Quebec), Kate Roberts (WA), Kevin Sampson (NJ), Edra Soto (IL), Tomas Vu (NY), and Robert Wysocki (NY).
Now in our 44th year, Arts/Industry is a residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. It is made possible by major support from Kohler Co. Artists receive travel, housing, a stipend, featured exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and 24/7 access to the Kohler Co. Foundry and Pottery facilities in Kohler, Wis. Residencies typically last from two to six months. Artists are required to donate two pieces of their work, one for Kohler Co. and one for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, upon completion of the residency. 
Applications for Arts/Industry’s 2018 residencies must be submitted by April 1, 2017. For more information about the program, visit http://www.jmkac.org/explore-discover/arts-industry-program.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Videographer: Andrea C. Pabon. Video Editor: Kenan Legg. 

Johana Moscoso is a performance and fiber artist, born in Colombia and living in the United States since 2007. For the artist, textile and the body are inextricable for exploring migratory tales between South and North America and how this movement influences culture, labor, and self-determination.

The popular myth of Latin American immigrants coming to the United States to pursue the so-called American Dream of gaining fame and fortune or stealing jobs is a distortion. Many Latin American populations have been affected by U.S. policies and interventions on their soil, prompting individuals or entire families to journey to escape crippling poverty, political instability or financial crises. Historically, the U.S. has pushed trade policies that have devastated Latin American markets, have overthrown democratically elected governments, financed torture, and fueled drug wars with the influx of assault weapons over the border that have landed in the hands of cartels. These hostile acts have made life difficult in Latin America, ushering in a new and ongoing era of oppression and co-dependence after the end of European colonialism in the region.

Seamstresses and Tailors
Margarita Armenta, Nelly Balcázar, Maria Sanchez, Emma Lopez and Deisy Gonzalez
Nancy Valladares

These collective experiences are one reason that Moscoso has invited others to participate in her performative and fiber art installation, Round and Round at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She put out a call for participants by going on foot through the Chicago neighborhoods of Pilsen and La Villita -- areas with the highest concentration of Latinas -- and visiting shops that sell fabric or do alterations. By engaging one-on-one with shopkeepers and patrons, the artist shared her family’s migration stories and was open to listening to theirs. Through these exchanges, Moscoso developed a rapport and tapped the creative capacity of 5 seamstresses.

Installation Assistants: Laura de Alba, Cristina Umaña, Melissa Leandro, 
and Scott Carter Photographer: nancy Valladares

There are four sewing machines, delineated by numbers of latitude and longitude, throughout the gallery that poetically trace the migration of Moscoso’s female ancestors and her very own. Each station is a coordinate where the family made a new home. The first three stations represent Colombian towns: San Juan de Sahagún in Córdoba, where the artist’s great-grandmother lived; the island of San Andrés to where Moscoso’s grandmother moved; and the capital city of Bogotá where the artist was born. The fourth location represents the city of Chicago where Moscoso currently lives and works. The red fabric that moves among the stations connects the women’s voices and migratory experiences through the labor of sewing and the humming of the machines. Moscoso, along with the seamstresses, will take the completed textile and adhere it to the wall, tracing the geographic boundaries of a matrilineal migratory tale.

With Round and Round taking place in the month of November during a contentious election season, it brings to mind thoughts about movement again. After this long and hideous presidential campaign, we should remain vigilant and active to the politics that impact the fabric of our lives. Regardless of the election outcome, our fighting days are not behind us, but rather ahead of us, for economic and gender equality and the right to determine where to live.

-Teresa Silva

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Round and Round Exhibition Was in the Top V Weekend Pic at Bad Spot

Very excited to have my Solo Show Round and Round as one of the top five pics int he Bad at Sport website

Thank you Ellen Rothenberg for the picture

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Tapestry at Silos Exhibition in Glass Curtain Gallery In Columbia College

My new tapestry are part of this show. I am very honor to be part of this curatorial project by Jeffreen Hayes! Is it a show that was exhibited in Washington DC and came to Chicago. My work is part of the exhibition in Chicago.

November 17, 2016 – February 18, 2017
Reception: November 17, 5-8 P.M.
Gallery Hours

As a microcosm of our society, the art world maintains a system of marginalization based on racial and cultural difference. Artists identified as “other” function in silos, just as they do in society. This exhibition presents eleven artists who examine these silos, otherness, and the cultural and social ramifications of marginalization based on one’s identity, whether self-defined or inscribed. Bearing witness, as these artists do, not only identifies the pressing issues of our time but also challenges the norm of marginalization, absence, and exclusion. Through the work of Yaw Agyeman, Wesley Clark, Nathaniel DonnettShané K. Gooding, Esau McGhee, Johana Moscoso, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Ellington Robinson, Stacy-Lynn Waddell, Rhonda Wheatley, and Wilmer Wilson IV Silos gives voice to the silence(d).
Curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D
For more information: Mark Porter, mporter@colum.edu/312-369-6643 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 5pm, Thursday 9am - 7pm, Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

¡Mi Exposición salió en una de las nueve exhibiciones para visitar en Noviembre! /My Solo Show is part of the 9 art gallery exhibitions to see in November!!!

"Round and Round" Resident artist Johana Moscoso has collaborated with Latina immigrant and first generation Americans in Chicago for this show of fiber art and performance, honoring her own family’s history and exploring the intersection of labor and gender. (Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St, Opens Nov 4 6-9pm. Free)

Artista colombiana explora la inmigración, roles de género a través de performance-instalación en exhibición en Chicago

By Juan Pablo García. juanpablogrc@gmail.com

Chicago, Illinois, EE.UU. 27 de octubre de 2016—Para la artista colombiana Johana Moscoso visitar el camino que trazaron sus descendientes en las inmigraciones que eventualmente la llevaron hasta Chicago, le permite explorar las dinámicas entre las culturas y los roles de género en la sociedad en la que se encuentra.

Moscoso presenta la exhibición Round and Round del 4 al 23 de noviembre en el Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter Street, Chicago.

La inauguración se llevará a cabo de 6 a 9 p.m. el viernes 4 de noviembre.

Round and Round es un performance-instalación donde cuatro costureras de origen latinoamericano se ubican en cuatro lugares diferentes de la galería y cosen un patrón único en una misma tela que las conecta.

Cada estación de costura representa una ciudad donde vivió una de las antepasadas de la artista, mientras que la tela roja y larga representa el linaje de Moscoso a través de la historia. Durante el performance las mujeres cosen simultáneamente sobre la tela mientras esta fluye por la galería, creando un ambiente sonoro de trabajo e industria.

El resultado final es una instalación, la huella que deja el performance sobre la tela roja y que representa la historia que han creado las mujeres de la familia de Moscoso a través de los años.

“Aunque la inspiración para Round and Round es la experiencia migratoria de las mujeres de mi familia, esta obra celebra la experiencia migratoria en general, y cuestiona los roles de género que definen las dinámicas de familia en la creación de un nuevo hogar,” Moscoso dijo.

La primera estación de costura representa el municipio de San Juan de Sahagún en Córdoba, donde vivió la bisabuela de la artista. La segunda estación representa la isla de San Andrés donde la abuela de Moscoso emigró, y la tercera estación en Bogotá donde se estableció su madre y donde ella nació. La última estación es Chicago, la ciudad en los Estados Unidos donde Moscoso se radicó en el 2007.

Cuando Moscoso vivía en Bogotá trabajaba como ayudante en el taller de confección de sus tías. Esta experiencia, además de introducirla al arte de fibras, le inculcó un sentimiento de hermandad y comunidad entre mujeres a las cuales la sociedad les ha asignado esta tarea como parte de la domesticidad.

Round and Round tiene mucho que ver con la labor que hay detrás de la confección”, Moscoso afirma. “La costura tiene un elemento muy grande de mano de obra”.

De esta manera, Moscoso quiera resaltar la importancia de la contribución femenina en las migraciones, pero también busca cuestionar el valor que la sociedad les atribuye. Dentro del marco de las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos, esta exhibición es un comentario agudo sobre lo que significa ser un estadounidense latinoamericano en el contexto político de hoy.

Con Round and Round Moscoso quiere dejar evidencia orgánica del esfuerzo que hace un inmigrante para adaptarse a una nueva manera de vivir, sin olvidar o abandonar las costumbres de su cultura de origen.


Sobre la artista: Johana Moscoso explora las narrativas paralelas de las culturas de Sur América y Norte América a través de su obra, la cual utiliza una variedad de formatos para crear instalaciones que expresan su interés en los roles de género, cultura y migración. En su trabajo de fibras, Moscoso usa la costura y los bordados para crear tapices que hacen referencia a los viajes migratorios de su familia. En su trabajo de performance, Moscoso busca evocar sentimientos íntimos que no pueden ser expresados en palabras. Al incorporar baile Latino en sus obras de performance, Moscoso invita a cuestionar los roles de género en las culturas hispanoamericanas.