Karina Aguilera Skvirsky

My name in a way is a good entry point to have a discussion about my work and where I come from. My mother is from Ecuador and my father's Ukrainian Jewish, born in the US, so he's already second-generation. I spent time growing up in Ecuador as a child and have been mining that experience for my work I recently.





Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance. Karina’s half-hour, performance-based film, The Perilous Journey of María Rosa Palacios, documents her travel from Ecuador’s Chota highlands to the coastal town of Guayaquil. The expedition serves as a re-creation of her great grandmother’s 1906 journey and an exploration of identity, representation, and ever-shifting boundaries of place and nationhood.


Perilous Journey of María Rosa Palacios

January, 2018

Presented by artist Karina Skvirsky, in conversation with Charlotte Ickes, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Threewalls Executive Director Dr. Jeffreen Hayes.

Guiding work: Video excerpt by Karina Aguilera Skvirsky.


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