Virginia Colwell's work examines the gap between official and unofficial stories, the poetic ambiguities that span between fact and fiction in historical narrative. She usually sets off with stories found in her father's FBI archive, which, in turn, contains documents recollected throughout his career as an agent. Her drawings, sculptures and videos research many archive cases through site visitations, interviews, documentary research and declassified documents. For her SOMA Wednesday, Colwell will talk about Capricho Enfático, a series of works exploring the odd thread of corruption in Mexico Ciry in the 70's as told by former Chief of police force Arthuro "El Negro" Durazo, who was arrested by Colwell's father in Puerto Rico.
Colwell has lived and worked in Mexico City since 2011. Her artistic research focuses on South America, the Caribean and Mexico. She has been a resident at Beta Local, in the La Prácitca en Puerto Rico program, the Untitled program by the art faire Fountainhead Residency in Miami, and in the multimedia art center in Hangar Barcelona. Her work has been exhibited in the Lithuania Contemporary Art Center, the Hirschorn Museum in the U.S.A., the Santa Monica Art Center in Marcelona and, most recently, in the Felix Varela Cultural Center during the 12th Bienal in Habana. Colwell has received many prizes, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prize, a research scholarship by the Pollock Krasner Foundation and a scholarship by Fundación Jumex.