Tiffany Trenda is a new media performance artist based out of New York and Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design and her MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, Design and Media Arts program. Trenda won Artist of the Year at the London International Creative Competition Awards in 2008. Then, in 2009, she introduced “Entropy” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was invited to perform at the 2010 World Expo, in Shanghai, China at the British Pavilion. She also performed at Art Hamptons, A+D Museum, Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Boulder Contemporary Art Museum, the Italian Cultural Institute, and Art Miami Context, where she graced the cover of the Miami Herald for Art Basel 2012. Trenda was included in the performance program at the Metamorphoses of the Virtual – 100 Years of Art and Freedom during the 55th annual Venice Biennale. In 2016, Trenda performed at The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles, exhibited at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires for the highly publicized show, “Auto Body,” and was apart of the special projects for Context Art Miami. Recently, she exhibited at Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City and was on a panel at this years South by Southwest.
Trenda's performances and installations explore the relationship of the human body, particularly the female body, to technology. She interchanges her identity with screens to represent how we conceal and reveal ourselves through our devices (smart phones, computers, etc.). As these devices become an integral part of our daily lives, we relate to them as if they are part of our skin. Therefore, we are constantly choosing between the physical and the simulation of our bodies through virtual realities, social media, etc. We are no longer living in the present but through the screen. This changes how we form memories and how we interact with the outside world.
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