Her winning work, entitled Rupturing, though not directly related to COVID, touches on the failed systems that impact our lives. It’s a three-channel animated video installation that came from drawings that she had been working on throughout COVID. These drawings and the work that followed “became my way of coping with the situation,” she said. She uses materials like text, images and maps to explore how information is perceived and processed.
In order to explore what the process of rupturing looked like, Collazo-Llorens said she needed movement, and that led to animation. Three 10.5 feet wide screens float from the ceiling and the work is projected onto them. One of the drawings is rupturing and collapsing “and all of these pieces of the drawing start flowing around the room,” she said. Her work refers to the fractured systems that are rupturing: economic, social, political and ecological, among others.
She explains that you can’t see the entire work at once. She wants those viewing the exhibit to have to move around and “make sense of all the visual noise” that surrounds them. She added that though rupturing tends to have a negative connotation, it can be part of a positive transformation – something that’s necessary “in order to get to a better place.”
Mitra said the clarity of Collazo-Llorens’ idea “and her meticulous execution of her vision really made her work stand out.” She said the work transcended the boundaries of one medium, starting from drawings and moving to animation, while incorporating audio and sound composition – offering an immersive experience “where people can stand in the middle or walk around each of the screens, making them feel like they are part of the installation.”
The jurors said that her work offers “fresh perspectives of contemporary art in the age of hyperconnectivity and isolation,” providing a “mesmerizing three-channel” video that “explores urgent themes of collapse, disruption as well as art’s transformational potential.”