Adriana Corral’s interdisciplinary, research-based practice boldly explores memory, loss, human rights abuses and unwritten histories. Often working across international borders, she mines state and national archives for primary documents and engages historians, anthropologists, journalists, gender scholars, human rights attorneys and victims’ families for information that materializes in her performances, sculptures and installations. These refined, contemplative works, in turn, encourage us to question and unpack the power (or lack thereof) of our own voices as well as the voices of forgotten, displaced or exploited communities and individuals.
Corral received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her BFA at the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned an Artadia Award (2019), was invited to attend the 106th session of the working group on enforced and involuntary disappearances at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (2015) and was selected for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2016). Corral attended the McDowell Residency (2014) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency in Berlin, Germany (2016), was the international artist-in-residence at Artpace (2016), a fellow at Black Cube, a Nomadic Art Museum (2017), an artist research fellow at the Archives of American Art and History at the Smithsonian Institution (2018) and an artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center (2018), and she will be participating in Prospect 5 New Orleans: Yesterday We Said Tomorrow (2021).
As an instructor, it is Corral’s mission to create an active and stimulating learning environment where students from diverse backgrounds are able to substantially develop their artistic practice and knowledge within the arts. She encourages students to consistently evaluate their practice and also learn to trust their creative instincts.
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