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For Aurora Molina (Havana, 1984), embroidery is a form of drawing with which to recount her realities. Her two and three dimensional pieces, made with thread and fabric, tell us about the problems of aging in contemporary society; our current migration policies; or the political elections. Through connections and collaborations with numerous communities of embroiders in the World, she has also been able to pay homage and shine light onto this ancient women’s tradition, within a contemporary art context.
Molina received her AA in Visual Arts from Miami Dade College (2004); a BFA from Florida International University (2007); and an MA in Contemporary Art at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain (2009). She has vastly exhibited internationally, in spaces that include: Museo Textil, Oaxaca, Mexico; Museo Imagina, Puebla, Mexico; The Lowe Art Museum and the Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, FL; The Bakehouse Art Complex, and FountainHead Project, Miami, FL; Sewon Art Space, Jogyakarta, Indonesia; and Espacio Trapezio, Madrid, Spain; etc.
Among her awards and recognitions are: Locust Project’s Waive Maker (2018), as well as numerous artistic residencies in Morocco, India, Thailand, Holland, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala and the US.
I think it is extremely important that artists become the commentators of our time […] I make political satire with the help of thread. I think it is crucial today when fiber art is playing a new role in art history. Thread is not only being used as embellishment but as a statement; a political consequence of women not longer sitting in circles, embroidering flowers. – Aurora Molina