ABOUT ME

 

ANDREINA (NINA) FUENTES (AKA) NINA DOTTI (Caracas, 1968) studied Art History and Museum Studies at Universidad José María Vargas (Caracas,Venezuela) and obtained her Bachelor Degree as museologist (2003).

She held workshops in photography in Organización Nelson Garrido (Caracas, Venezuela, 2004-2006).

She also was founder and director of Arts Connection Foundation (Miami, USA, 2006-2016), Director and Founder of Fundación Arte Emergente (FAE) (Caracas, Venezuela, 1996-2006).

Dotti has participated in some group shows and international fairs.

Dotti presented Miss “W”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá (MACBO, Bogotá, Colombia, 2016) and had her last Solo Show P.M.S Lounge at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL, Maracaibo, Estado Zulia, Venezuela,2016).

Currently, she is a founder and director at The Inclusive Way a cultural projects networking platform.

Since the beginning of her career, she explored common social and political issues as the influence of the religions, the role of women in the society, prostitution, violence, and discrimination, especially to GLBT community, and women – the femicide as a clear demonstration of power, and patriarchal control over women’s lives, their freedom, dignity, and sexuality.

While she was doing many trips to visit her country, she made different statements using as channels of protest, the irony and sense of humor. Far away from the Venezuelan stereotypes – Beauty pageants, baseball, oil, and the socialism of the 21st Century – her relationship with Venezuela became more complex as she questioned it socially, and politically.

She started to threaten the pre-established icons of power supposed to be venerated. She shuffled them and made references between these icons, creating creative elements full of irony and sarcasm to inspire unexpected reflections transferred to the American Culture.

Her artwork is supported by the versatile use of diverse materials, applied in installations, sculpture, photography, and video. Her message is highly critic, intimate, and personal.

She had presented her art many times in and out of Venezuela since 2004. Her work is neo-conceptual, nurtured by a Duchampian influence, and surrealistic pop aesthetic.

The work in sculpture and installation is characterized by the use of non-traditional materials and domestic items, as well as political messages. Her references to the social-political conflict in Venezuela are mixed with political global issues, as sexuality, gender feminism, and even menopause. She used the irony and sarcasm in popular idioms and expressions coming from her native language Spanish, to bring the sense of humor to her pieces. This way she break the standard limitations imposed by the society.

“Nina has always been interested in the representation of social stereotypes (especially feminist issues) and the defense of sexual minorities…”