Faith Wilding was born in Colonia Primavera, Paraguay,1943. She emigrated, US in 1961. Wilding is an intermedia artist, writer, and educator, deeply engaged with teaching and learning; and the intersections of feminism, social justice, cyberfeminism, biotechnology, radical pedagogy, and eco-feminism.
Wilding’s creative work addresses the recombinant, reproductive, and distributed bio-tech and war body in 2D media, audio, video, digital media, installations, and performances. Her retrospective spanning 5 decades “Fearful Symmetries” (Threewalls, Chicago, 1/10/2014-2/22/2014, traveled to Memphis (2014), and the Pasadena Armory, (2015) and UHoustonClear Lake (2016). Wilding has participated in major museum exhibitions including Fiber: Sculpture; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution; Sexual Politics, and Division of Labor: Women’s Work in Contemporary Art and re-Act Feminism, Berlin; as well as in solo and group shows across the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia, (including at the ICA, Boston; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Vancouver Art Gallery; PS1, New York; Bronx Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; UC Riverside Museum of Art; The Drawing Center, New York; Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, NYC; Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria; Documenta X, Kassel, Germany; The Next Five Minutes Festival, Amsterdam; the Singapore Art Museum.
Wilding co-founded and collaborates with subRosa, a cyberfeminist cell of cultural producers using Bio-Art and tactical feminist performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women’s bodies, lives, and work. Recent subRosa performances & exhibitions include: “Escapees from the Cyberswamp” Steirischer Herbst, Graz, (2014) ‘Feminist Matter(s)” Pittsburgh Biennial (2011); “Softpower” Vitoria Gasteis, Spain; “A Week With/out Women” Nova Gallery, Zagreb; “The Way That We Rhyme,” YBCA, San Francisco; “Yes Species”,NGBK, Berlin, and Castellon, Spain; (2005) “Express Choice,” Syracuse University; “The Interventionists”, MASSMoCA (2004);”BioDifference” Biennial of Electronic Arts, Perth, Au.; YOUGenics, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC; “International Markets of Flesh,” Performance International, Mexico City, and Merida, Yucatan. Publications include: Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices! (Autonomedia, 2003 ); and numerous artist books, map works.
Awards & Grants include: Art Matters grant (2016), WCA Life-time Achievement Award (2014), Guggenheim Fellow (2009); Creative Capital grant (with subRosa) (2003-05); NEA artist fellowships (1987, 1989, 1998).
She was Professor Emerita of Performance Art/Critical Studies at SAIC (2002-2011). Currently: Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center, Brown University, Providence, RI (2011-2017); Graduate Faculty MFA-V, VCFA (1992-present).
With Judy Chicago and other women art students, Wilding co-initiated of the Feminist Art Programs at California State University, Fresno, and CalArts, L.A) and the feminist art movement in Southern California, chronicled in her book By Our Own Hands (Double XX, Los Angeles,1976). She is the author of many essays on feminist art and art history including in The Power of Feminist Art, (Abrams,1995); as well as writings on cyberfeminism, and collective feminist work (with subRosa) in Domain Errors (2003) and many international journals and books.