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Tina La Porta


2020, Screenprint on paper , 17 x 14 in

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Born in 1967 in Chicago, while still an undergraduate, #TinaLaPorta developed a body of work photographing the Pro-Choice movement in Chicago, Milwakee, Washington D.C. and New York City. In 1992, she moved to New York's East Village to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at The School of Visual Arts where she studied with Lisa Spellman, Sarah Charlesworth and Nan Goldin. During that time LaPorta interned at Pace/McGill Gallery and for Historian Naomi Rosemblum while she wrote her book ”A History of Women Photographers” (Abbeville Press). LaPorta’s initial post-graduate work was immersed within the global internet art movement where she created several internet-specific artworks. such as: + avatars, distance and Re:mote_Corp@REALities. After 9/11, LaPorta focused on mediated representations and coverage of war. Currently, LaPorta’s work explores symptoms of mental illness, the side effects of prescription medications, and the therapeutic qualities of the artistic process.

Since 1991, LaPorta has exhibited work in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: The New Museum, NY; The NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museu do Essencial e do Alem Disso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; Centre Cultural de la Fundació "la Caixa," Barcelona, Spain; and The Kitchen, New York, NY. She has received commissions to create new work from The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; The Alternative Museum, New York, NY;, New York, NY and Leonardo (MIT Press). Her work has been published in many periodicals including The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader; Digital Art: World of Art Series; Creative Time: The Book as well as The New York Times, Miami New Times, LA Weekly, Leonardo and Ms. Magazine.

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