Móni Pizano Luna is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice functions as reflection - the physical creation of an analysis. Influenced by their identity as a first generation Mexican American, the artist sees their position as being compromised by disequilibrium, essentially the embodiment of negotiation. Language, symbols, ideologies and experience become the catalyst for this notion - two generations ago, the language only existed orally, one generation ago the culture was transplanted. As their generation suffers a disconnect, trapped between opposing realities - one fixed, and the other constantly in flux, the work becomes a process of bridging, which seeks to harmonize their identity.
A bridge they felt missing in their youth + context.
Having worked in their natal neighborhood, Back of the Yards, Móni has translated their personal practice into a pedagogical social practice. It is in the context of a classroom that the artist attempts to generate a creative safe space, one that subverts academic dynamics. By highlighting fluidity + critical thinking, they attempt to generate a space of social growth + interaction; a space with endless intersections.
The artist currently resides on the city’s South Side. They are a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.