Gisela McDaniel is a diasporic indigenous Chamorro feminist artist. Her work is based in healing from her own sexual trauma and reflecting the healing of other women who have survived sexual trauma. Interweaving assemblages of audio, oil painting, and motion-sensored technology, she creates pieces that “come to life” and literally “talk back” to the viewer upon being “triggered” by observers, featuring women survivor’s voices in order to subvert traditional power relations. Working primarily with women who identify as indigenous, multiracial, immigrant, and of color, her work deliberately disrupts and responds to historical and contemporary patterns of censorship as it relates to the display and exhibition of women’s bodies, voices, and stories. She aims to heal those who have experienced gender-based sexual violence, giving a voice, space, and confidential vehicle for survivors to not only share their experiences, but to also explore how those experiences have affected them long-term. Based in Detroit, she received her BFA from the University of Michigan, and is a member of Detroit Art Babes, an intersectional feminist art collective. 

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