Tina LaPorta is a media
artist who lives and works in New York City. Her most
recent work has been created specifically for the
web. The overall conceptual focus of her artwork is
an "exploration of the impact the internet has
on the expression of identity." Tina creates
art which comments on our lives and the shifting perceptions
of ourselves in technological age. Ms. LaPorta has
been commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American
Art, The Alternative Museum and turbulence.org to
create web-specific art projects.
Since 9/11 Tina has been developing a new body of
work titled Total Screen. in this work, she
takes polaroids off the television screen. She focuses
on how we are experiencing the recent events in Afghanistan
and the Middle East through the news media, at a distance.
She pays special attention to representations of gender
via the veil, hijab, burka or chador. The gender differences
between the veiled woman and the covered man is of
particular significance. However, an additional reading
of the work is of the media as veil, or an attempt
to unveil (see through) the media.