Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance. In 2015 she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to produce “The Perilous Journey of María Rosa Palacios”, a performance-based film and "The Railroad Workers", a series of sculptural photographic collages, that draw parallels between an Afro-Ecuadorian girl’s journey through the mountains of Ecuador and the indigenous and Jamaican workers who constructed the most dangerous stretch of railway in the world. The project premiered at the 2016 Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador) curated by Dan Cameron.
In 2010 she participated in There is always a cup of sea for man to sail, the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), where she exhibited work from her project, Memories of Development.
Skvirsky's work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including: The Deutsche Bank, NYC (2018), Smack Mellon, NYC (2017), Ponce + Robles, SP (2017), The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2016), Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia, NYC (2014), DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2014), Instituto Cervantes, Rome, Italy (2013), The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (2013), Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC (2013), DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NY, NY (2010), Galeria Proceso, Cuenca, Ecuador (2009), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007), El museo del barrio, NY, NY (2006), Sara Meltzer Gallery, NYC (2006), Jessica Murray Projects, NYC (2006), Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (2006) and others.
She has received grants from: The National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), San Antonio, TX (2018), The Jerome Foundation (2015), The New Jersey State Council in the Arts in photography (2015), The New York State Council on the Arts, Film and Electronic Arts, NY (2010), Urban Artist Initiative, NYC (2006), Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ (2006) and others.
She has participated in the following artist in residence programs including: Office Hours, El museo del barrio, NYC (2015), The Laundromat Project, NY (2011), MacDowell Artist in Residence Program, Peterborough, NH (2005 & 2010), Cuts and Burns Residency, Outpost, Artist in Residence Program, Brooklyn, NY (2008), Harvestworks New Work Residency, NYC (2006), Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC (2005), Institute of Electronic Arts Residency, Alfred University, Alfred, NY (2005), Center for Book Arts, Artist in Residence, NYC (2005), Smack Mellon Artist in Residence, Brooklyn, NY (2004), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace, Woolworth Building, NYC (2003), Cyberart Residency, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY (2003) and others.
Skvirsky is an Associate Professor of Art at Lafayette College, Easton, PA and an MFA faculty member at The New School, Parsons School of Design, NYC.