Mercedes Ventura

Mercedes Ventura (she/her/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Odawa/Ottawa, Ontario. Mercedes’ work functions as autobiographical fiction investigating new spaces of the digital era, appropriating signifiers of self—gender, culture, religion, family, nation, and so on—as building blocks to envision works in various media: sculpture, video, and photographic self-portraiture. As a Guatemalan Canadian artist, Mercedes’ work is informed by the two cultures, her relationship to them and their relation to each other. She has been working on various photo, textile, and media projects as well as an Instagram account dedicated to performative self-portraits. In the spring of 2017, Mercedes received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. She has exhibited works in Ottawa and Gatineau region in various galleries and artist run centres. In the summer of 2020, Mercedes produced a web-based public art work for the city of Ottawa and Digital Arts Resource Centre.