ARTIST TALK: MARIA SANTANA
Nov 7, 2016
Location: UCF Art Gallery
Please join us in the Gallery for an
Artist Talk w/
November 7 at 11:30am
One of the exhibiting artists currently on display in the Faculty Exhibition, M. C. Santana is an Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of UCF Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her research interests include women’s history, media representation, human trafficking, global issues and mass communication. Santana is a former photojournalist and photojournalism instructor.
“Feminism is a way of building women without deconstructing other people.”
I consider women’s experiences complex and enriching but at times still dependent on the conditional approval of others. I am particularly interested in expressing how women are dismissed from the medical profession as “hysterical”, “allusive” and “incapable” of measuring their own body. In CHRONIC, I compared the long-winding road of medical chronic conditions: diabetes, dementia, depression and eating disorders, with the allusive art of graffiti. Graffiti and chronic conditions are both overlooked. In 2013 I started an audio project called On Being a Woman featuring subjects from diverse points of view and backgrounds. One revealing comment many of them made to me was on how isolated they felt while suffering a chronic condition. Their families and doctors had become numb to their plight, leaving them silent. Such quiet suffering moved me to think of how to show their pain.
A native of Cuba and a resident of Puerto Rico for many years, M. C. Santana is a photographer and artist. Santana’s creative research focuses on women’s experiences. Her photographic work both in traditional and digital photography is part of the permanent collection of the National Press Photographers Association and her work has been exhibited multiple times at the Orlando Museum of Art. She is a trained photojournalist with a B. A. in News Editorial, an M.A. in Radio and Television and a Ph.D. in International Communication.
Other SVAD Faculty artists that will be presenting artist talks throughout the month of November:
Nov. 14 @ 11:00 am
Nov. 16 @ 2:00 pm
Nov. 17 @ 10:00 am
Nov. 21 @ 2:30 pm