Simon Fraser University
Andi Icaza Largaespada is a visual artist based in unceded Coast Salish territories, most of the time. She incorporates elements of social research, ethics and sustainability to her multidisciplinary work in the forms of photography, sculpture, and writing. Thematically, Andi’s practice observes modes of belonging and resistance, searching for the possibilities within tensions. Her latest exhibition addressed socio-ecological parasitism, and it happened in Managua, Nicaragua, where she grew up and spends most of the rest of her time. Andi is currently pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts, and was the recipient for their Canon Canada Prize in 2015 and their Tanabe/Thorne Annual Award in 2016.
Andi Icaza Largaespada, Bundle, 2016, C-Print
From the jurors:
Andi Icaza Largaespada’s work questions what it means to be from a place and how it feels to be shaped by inheritance, while simultaneously exploring the possibilities of occupying pre-existing structures in idiosyncratic ways. For her ability to conjure the political stakes of representation, we are pleased to recognize Largaespada’s practice through the first ever honourable mention for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.