Ava Wanbli
Sertraline Dolls

Oct 9 - Nov 13

Ava Wanbli (b.1989) is a Chicago based new media performance artist. She uses video, performance, 3D scanning, Sculpture, and game engines to reconstruct dynamics of spectacle and intimacy through eroticized mediation of the body. In ritualized actions, Ava addresses consumption and the process of becoming through virtual body proxies and environments. In critique of voyeuristic actions of fetishized bodies, she points towards her experience in hypersexual virtual landscapes as a transwoman.

She is an alumni of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department and currently lives and works in Chicago. Wanbli has exhibited work at Links Hall (Chicago, IL), Sullivan Galleries, Zhou B Art Center, and ACRE Gallery (Chicago, IL); the Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver, Colorado, MANA Contemporary New Media Artist-in-residence, and a resident of Space P11 Gallery in Chicago. 

By augmenting conditions of authorship and intimacy, I look towards media reorientation of erotic imagery, intimacy, and voyeurism in virtual spaces. My work investigates the spectacle and personal vulnerability that occurs within mediation of the body through technology. In shifting components of voice, through its materiality and language, I provoke self-analysis within that form of spectacle.

I am pushing to understand the labor of my ever changing body in the landscape of eroticization and objectification. I look to the performative nature of transmitting my body in the context of transgender, specifically transwomen fetishization as a mode of ritual. I employ a multitude of personas to investigate sexuality, gender, and digital recreations. I am asking the questions of how the presence ,and removal, of my body pertains to the ways we think of pleasure and the consumption of identity within virtual recreations of intimacy.


4573 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH, 45223, US

Gallery Hours

Saturdays: 2 - 6 pm

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