Ava Wanbli

Sertraline Dolls

October 9 - November 13, 2021

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.