Parasite (40°27’25”N 80°00’48”W) 2009

Patricia Villalobos Echeverría
Gestures 13: July 24, 2009 – January 10, 2010
mixed media

Parasite 40 27 25 N 80 00 48 W is a site-specific installation that alludes to contaminants and occupied territories The architectural site becomes...


Parasite (40°27’25”N 80°00’48”W) is a site-specific installation that alludes to contaminants and occupied territories. The architectural site becomes a “host” to elements that protrude from the walls as a metaphor to symbiotic and parasitic relationships. The work references camouflage, intrusion and disease, where both the host and its appendage transform into a new hybrid site/being.

About the Artist

Patricia Villalobos Echeverría has a hybrid practice of prints, photos, installations and participatory projects that pivot around issues of migration, navigation, displacement and transformation. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Salvadoran parents and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. She received her MFA from West Virginia University and her BFA from Louisiana State University.

Her projects have been exhibited in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. She is the recipient of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Artist Grant, the Oregon Arts Council Fellowship, PA Council for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Heights Residency Fellowship from the Heinz Endowment and has ben an artist in residence at Ox-Bow, Artist Image Resource, The Studio for Creative Inquiry and Carnegie Mellon University and the MacDowell Arts Colony.