Giana De Dier (Panama) in her work examines the experiences of Afro-Caribbean migrants in the segregated Canal Zone and Panama City at the beginning of the 20th century. Her work reconstructs situations from photographic archives, oral histories, family photos, and documents to spark conversations around memory, identity, and representation. Giana’s collages show the sociability of Caribbean Black woman in Panama and possible narratives while highlighting the difficulties and stories of resilience of those whose experiences have historically been silenced.

During her second residency at Delfina, Giana plans on creating collaged portraits of 2nd and 3rd generation Afro-descendants born in the United Kingdom, opening the conversation on migration from the African continent, the Americas, and the Caribbean to the UK, as well as addressing the complexities of the African Diaspora and how Blackness as an identity and experience is far from being a monolith. This series of portraits aims to broaden the representation of Black British changemakers, tell their stories and highlight their impact within contemporary society and the communities they are part of no matter how small.

Giana studied Visual Arts at the University of Panama and has shown her work at the Salone degli Incanti and Gallerie delle Prigioni in Italy, the Art Gallery of the IDB Employees Association in Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Panama, and participated in the 58th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Panama Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale.

Giana was previously in-residence at Delfina Foundation in summer 2023.




Spring 2024


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