The Showroom
Holding Space Artist

Daniella Valz Gen


My practice spans installation, text and live performance, both as independent outputs and combined. This interweaving of processes allows the work to operate on different registers and generate an unfixed and layered experience for myself and the audience. I investigate different forms of embodying liminality stemming from my experience as a multilingual migrant negotiating territories, modes of address, and value systems. My making is rooted in the material culture of the Andean world, including cloth, ritual and produce. I propose poetic exchanges that offer an invitation for an intimate encounter with the materials I explore, as a way to expose complex narratives around migration and assimilation.

Constructing dialogues and social spaces for reflection is pivotal for my work; an integral part of my practice is developing collaborative projects. In the first part of 2017 I completed Colaborar is The Name of the Game, a project with Sin Fronteras, a youth group for latin migrant women hosted by LAWRS (Latin American Women’s Rights Services) which took place as a series of workshops on identity, gender and visibility, and culminated with a public intervention in Burgess Park. I’m currently engaged in From a Creative Case to an Ecology of Care, an ongoing collaboration with Jade Montserrat discussing definitions of ‘diversity’ an imaginings of what an Ecology of Care could look like within the arts. My first poetry collection Subversive Economies, will be published next year in collaboration with PSS press.  

Valz Gen is an artist on the Holding Space programme as part of the Object Positions project at The Showroom.

Holding Space is a one-year programme of research and support for eight UK based artists, as part of the Object Positions programme. Working with curatorial fellow Teresa Cisneros, the group collaborate on research, production and programming for an exhibition to be held at The Showroom in 2018.