A queer afro-indigenous descendant, Gina Goico is multidisciplinary artist, educator and self-proclaimed necia. Through their work, she navigates their identity and the spaces where they exist in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Through their career, they have come to create a diverse body of work that ranges from embroidery to installations, ink drawings and performance. Goico also facilitates spaces for temporary communities and dialogues around healing in the current status quo. Goico was a Van Lier Fellow and artist in residence with Smack Mellon. They also participated in AIM fellowship at The Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Laundromat Project, Kelly Street Resident Artist, among others. They have exhibited in the US and the Dominican Republic, and continue to support actively socio-political initiatives in the island and in diaspora. Goico holds an AAS in Fine Arts and Illustration from Altos de Chavon the School of Design in the Dominican Republic and a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons. They are expected to graduate with a MA in Arts Politics from NYU in 2021.
Gina Goico will speak to community building in (physical) isolation and how this can anchor folks who feel either trapped, alone, and not-represented, as well as transcending the limiting belief that the haptic can only happen IRL. Goico will interrogate the limits and possibilities of touch in the zoomverse, contemplating and moving through how BIPOC+QT2S folks must sell their data and safety for survival. Goico will ask: how are these connections made and facilitated?