Alicia Mersy
New York
United States
courtesy of the artist
CITÉ INTERNATIONALE – OACI
950 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal, QC H3C 6J7

Biography

Alicia Mersy is a new media artist. Born and raised in Montreal, she has a French and Lebanese heritage. Originally a student in political science, Mersy obtained a MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (London, UK) in 2013. In the following year, she co-founded Malaxa with fellow artist Tabita Rezaire. Malaxa is an art office focusing on exploring decolonial aesthetics and political resistance through digital culture, art, documentary and fashion. She is currently based in New York City but has spent the last few years in the Middle East, mainly Israel (occupied Palestine). It is there that she finally embraced her looks and her origins, especially her thick curly hair and her Semitic nose.

Approach and works on display

Alicia Mersy creates space for conversations through video, digital images, and photography. She explores the themes of self-representation, social politics, class guilt politics, and race, with a focus on the resistance against repressive structures. Uncommon imagery sometimes depicted with isolated moments of photorealism and bold colours to evoke emotional tonality within subject matter.

Wings of Encouragement (2019)

Wings of encouragement is an affirmation device and daily reminder to encourage total awareness and positive action toward maintaining the integrity of your true self.

Works by the artist

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