“Verónica Gaona creates spare, sometimes ephemeral objects, installations, and performances that explore the poetics of migration and permanence, memory and loss.”
– Natalie Dupêcher, Associate Curator of Modern Art, the Menil Collection
Verónica Gaona (b. 1994) is an interdisciplinary artist from Brownsville, Texas, a city along the U.S. México border, living and working in Houston. Gaona has exhibited at Lawndale Art Center, Blaffer Art Museum, Art League Houston, and Amarillo Museum of Art among others. Gaona has been in residence at Desert Unit for Speculative Territories in Marfa, Texas and the Saint-Nazaire School of Art in Nantes, France.
Gaona investigates notions of migration, architecture, and death by conducting location-driven research across the Texas-México border landscape. Considering the voices of displaced and exploited communities, Gaona materializes characteristics of diaspora such as transnationality and impermanence to redress traditional approaches to memorialization. Her artwork exists at the intersection of installation, performance, digital media, and sculpture and it brings to the foreground labor and spatial issues at play.
The Houses and Us, 2021, For Those Who do not Return in Life, there is Always Death (Homage to David Gomez), 2021, For Those Who do not Return in Life, there is Always Death (Homage to David Gomez), 2021, Eternal (Homage to Teresa Margolles), 2020, Migrant Camp, 2021, For Those Who do not Return in Life, there is Always Death, 2020, Dragged, 2020