Ariella Granados is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago who works in performance, video, sound, and creative direction. Granados’ work explores childhood, telenovelas, and Internet subculture across media. Drawing from personal memory, her multimedia videos depict familial and medical trauma embedded through the creation of fictional characters that portray real lived experiences as a bicultural and disabled body.
Using makeup, found images, sound, and video performance, she manipulates language, truth, and personal memory to create videos that are absurd, humorous, and sentimental. Granados manipulates her disabled body through makeup and garb to become characters that play with fiction and truth, similar to Latinx soap operas and advertisements. She creates a liminal space in performance to replay her bicultural liminal state. Granados’ work is intertwined with the consumer’s inability to be not fully satisfied with the consumption of commodities in media advertisements.