Alicia Grullon creates work that transforms how community and history are experienced. She uses true narratives and situations where power relations or identity are in question. Grullon is interested in exploring encounters between people and how they are locations where issues of race, class, gender, and activism open. What her role is as artist in the community and how art can actively serve community are questions she reconsiders when developing projects. Inspired by citizen action movements, her response to current events or social issues comes from an impulse to use art as chronicle and witness.
Grullon pays particular attention to the intersections of photography, video and performance and how the work borders between reality and theatricality, the staged and the documented. Borrowing from ethnography, she becomes the observer and the observed and considers the documentation to be an anthropological event. Because her work is participatory, the projects become strategies for new ways of looking at culture. Beyond the practical, her interventions pertain to identity- to ideas of belonging, and not belonging.
Alicia Grullon is a Bronx based artist creating socially engaged projects and performance art pieces. Her work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, Marccone and BRIC Galleries. She has participated in Performa 11 and La Bienal (S-Files) Survey of Contemporary Latin American and Latino Artists in 2011. A recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant for Performance Art, she has completed artists residencies for the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Korea Arts Council and in Kassel Germany.