In anticipation of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, experience South Florida artist Tina La Porta's presentation SIDE EFFECTS is now on YouTube. The artist originally gave this talk at The NSU Art Museum last Spring in April 2019.
Artist Tina La Porta presents Side Effects, a series that explores and expresses her struggles with her diagnosis of mental illness. “Since being diagnosed with schizophrenia, my work has become a method to talk about my disability through the language of visual art. In this sense, despite my disability, I am able to express myself and be a vital part of society,” says La Porta.
Born in 1967 in Chicago, La Porta moved to New York’s East Village in 1992 to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree at The School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited in South Florida and nationally and internationally at The New Museum, NY; Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; ƒcole SupŽrieure Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris, France; Museu do Essencial e do Alem Disso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; Centre Cultural de la Fundaci— “la Caixa,” Barcelona, Spain; The Kitchen, New York, NY.