Carisa Mitchell (USA, b. 1986) is a Chicago-based artist. She has a multidisciplinary art practice that uses language and image to look at our subjective inside the binary of self and other. Mitchell does this to pose questions of how we function in shared spaces that resemble our cultural inputs as she approaches the subject from language to image in a mixed-media practice, using screen-prints, banners, neon, photography, video, voice, and performance. Here she is interested in our inability to fully communicate and explain who we are while sometimes giving space to say nothing at all. She does this by giving the audience space for self-reflection while using personal stories, pop-culture references such as Disneyland and Snapchat filters, witty humor, algorithmic text, text conversations, online questionnaires, spam emails, and online reviews.
Carisa Mitchell received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MFA at HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et Design), Geneva. In 2017 she was the prize-winner of the Red Cross – Genève Art Prize with Collectif MNGH. In 2018, she was a prize-winner for New Heads Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards (Switzerland). Her work has been presented at Art Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), Fri- Art (Fribourg, Switzerland), LOKAL-INT (Biel, Switzerland), LABO (Geneva, Switzerland), Wedge Projects (Chicago, IL ), Mana Contemporary (Chicago, IL), Western Pole (Chicago, IL), and Baby Blue Gallery (Chicago, IL). She has attended UNIDEE Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy, Summer Academy at Swiss Institute in Rome, Italy, and Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art.
My time in the TRANS Master prompted me to ask questions about how art encounters the social and how we put complex subject matters into form. While in the TRANS Master, I was part of the Collectif MNGH, which presented "Lost and Found
." Lost and Found was a group effort with Maison de Quartier, Geneva University of Art and Design, and the Ariana Museum, exhibited at the Ariana Museum
in June 2016. In 2017, Collectif MNGH was the prize-winner of the Red Cross – Genève Art Prize. In 2018, I took part in the group show Proxy Paradise. During the show's planning, the artists questioned the lack of wages and asked that the prize money be split between the 11 artists. Out of the two New Heads Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards, one prize was awarded to all the artists and one to an artist.
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