Claudia Chagoya (1991) is a Mexican interdisciplinary artist born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and based in Calgary, Canada. She holds an MFA degree from the University of Calgary, and a BFA from Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Her artistic practice explores topics related to gender violence and her socio-political background, through the use of materials rooted in Mexican culture tied to various rituals such as: rebozos, salt, copal and sawdust.
Chagoya is currently the president of SpanicArts, a Calgary non-profit organization that gives support, creates connections, and facilitates resources for Hispanic artists or people interested in Hispanic culture.
Her work has been exhibited in Mexico and in Canada. Also, she has been an artist in Residence at the Royal College of Art in London, UK, the Women’s Centre of Calgary, and by the end of 2020, Chagoya will be part of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation Residency Program at cSPACE King Edward.
My artistic practice engages with topics such as the diverse, ingrained, misogynistic understanding of women prevalent in Mexican society, and the violence waged against them stemming from these assumptions.The most extreme outcome of this violence is Feminicide; the term is defined as the killing of women because of their gender, where outrageous acts of violence are present. In Mexico, feminicide manifests in the thousands of women and girls murdered each year. The term also encompasses the imbalance of the gender power structures in Mexico, and the corruption and neglect from the authorities surrounding these murders. This attitude of neglect affects deeply the way victims are mourned and how families try to overcome the tragedy. This disruption of grieving processes is what my current work focuses on.
The aim of my practice is to invite the community to mourn together andenable social engagement through the contemplation of mourning rituals within an artistic practice. I consider grief as a unique but shared experience, especially when feminicide is present worldwide. Engaging people in this matter is important to find new forms of creating supportive communities and cross-cultural understanding.
2019. Master of Fine Arts - University of Calgary, Canada.
2017. Bachelor of Fine Arts - Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2020-2021. CAAF Residency, Calgary, Canada. (Anticipated).
2020. The Women's Centre Artist in Residence, Calgary, Canada.
2018. Royal College of Art, London Uk.
2019. Novem. Nickle Galleries, Calgary, Canada.
2018. Unweaving Foundations. Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Canada.
2018. Quotidian Patterns. Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Canada.
2017. Inocencia Alterada, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Mexico.
2014. Mensajeros. Zacatecas, Zac. Mexico.
2020. UAAC-AAUC 2020 Online Conference. “Hidden Within Moments and Places, Memories as Trauma, Silence, and Trust: #MeToo.”
2020. DesayunArte: "Women in the Latin-American artistic context."
2019. UAAC-AAUC 2019 Conference: "Asymmetries: Contemporary Art, Activism, and Protest."
2019. Nickel Galleries: "Nickle at Noon: INSITEM."
2018. MFA Graduate Student Conference: "Visibilities and Representations."
2019. If nothing is done, no one is seen. U-Hall at TRUCK Gallery, Calgary, Canada. In collaboration with Julia Rose Sutherland.
2018. MA1 Print Work-in-Progress. Dyson Gallery at Royal College of Art, London, UK.
2017. Untitled/Unnoticed. Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Canada.
2016. El placer de sentir con la mirada y ver con las manos: Favor de Sí Tocar. Artistic Corridor "Tomás Chávez Morado" at Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico.
2015. Figuras en corto. Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2015. Viceversa: Festival de Cultura Urbana. Colección de Artistas Emergentes. Public Library, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2014. Reminiscencias de un Lugar. Galería Pérgola, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2012. Viajeros: El viaje interior. Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.